Tristan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Tristan | Boys
Origin of the name Tristan:
From the Old French Tristran, which is from the Gaelic Drystan, a name derived from drest (tumult, riot). The name was borne in medieval legend by a knight who was sent to Israel by King Mark of Cornwall to bring Isolde back to be the king's bride. On the return trip, Tristan and Isolde accidentally drank a love potion intended for the king and fell in love. Tristan left to fight for King Howel of Brittany and, seriously wounded in battle, sent for Isolde. She arrived too late and died from grief next to Tristan's deathbed. The tale was the subject of many popular tragedies during the Middle Ages.
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This name means SAD
- Personal experiences with the name Tristan: | Edit
We know a girl named Tristan.
My son is tristan but wish I knew the meaning was SAD before I named him
I know a woman named Tristina.
I know a friend of mine's boyfriend is named, Tristan.
My son's name is Tristan & I'm so sorry to say that I actually regret it :(
I know a boy named tristan & he hates his name with a passion
I have known mostly black men called tristan I've never met a white guy with this name...I'm not sure if I like it...it's an ok name but wouldn't pick it myself
My name is Tristan & I wish it weren't!!!!!!!!!! LOL
My brother always got bullied & he is named tristan
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Tristan shouldn't have a nickname it's a bad enough name
- Meanings and history of the name Tristan: | Edit
It is of Celtic origin. Meaning: Tumult; outcry. From a Celtic name in Arthurian legend, Tristan (sometimes called Tristram) was a Knight of the Round Table and the tragic hero of the medieval tale "Tristan and Isolde". The tale has been retold in many poems and operas. This ancient name may derive from a Pictish original, Drostan, but the form was probably influenced by the French term "triste", meaning "sad". The name is popular in Spain.
- Famous real-life people named Tristan: | Edit
Tristan Tzara, Dadaist poet
Salvador Dali's work on the ballet "Tristan Fou"
- Tristan in song, story & screen: | Edit
Little tristan from some BBC show the freaky little kid
-Tristan Dugray in "Gilmore Girls" (portrayed by Chad Michael Murray)
-Tristan and Isolde - the opera by Wagner is the best known adaptation/dramatization of the legend
-Tristan Ludlow in "Legends of the Fall" (portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film)
-Main character in the movie "Stardust" (portrayed by Charlie Cox)
-Tristan Farnon is the likeable younger brother of Siegfried in James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small" and other books.
Tristan in the movie "King Arthur"(portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen)
Tristan the weird little kid from George & Mildred...could cause bullying
Global Popularity of the Name Tristan
- #22 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #25 in Canada (Alberta)
- #30 in Canada (Quebec)
- #39 in Iceland
- #44 in Belgium
- #45 in Denmark
- #78 in Australia (New South Wales)
- #81 in United States
- #100 in Ireland
- #188 in Norway
- #197 in Scotland