Kirsten: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Kirsten

Kirsten

Pronunciation: KIR-stin (key)

Origin of the name Kirsten:

Scandinavian cognate of Christine, derived from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin christiānus which is from the Ecclesiastic Greek christianos (a Christian, a follower of Christ).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Kerstin, Kiersten, Kirstie, Kirstin, Kirsty, Kristen

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Comments and insights on the name Kirsten: | Edit

Constantly gets confused with Kristen. If you want to make it definate, consider the name Kiersten.

People often call my friend Kirsten Kirsty, annoys the life out of her. The best one yet was Kirstien

Can be pronounced KER-sten or KEER-sten, and every Kirsten I've met (including myself) is a stickler for their pronunciation.

Personal experiences with the name Kirsten: | Edit

I've known more Kirstens then anything. They seemed "superior",so far I've yet to like the name.

I know one Kirsten. I don't really like the name. She's called Kirsty though, and that's a lot nicer I think.

My daughter, Kirsten Theodora, was born in 1999. It's a lovely, strong name and suits her nicely. Her sister calls her Kiki. I always got comments on how sweet her name was when she was a baby.

My name is Kirstyn,and I wouldn't change my name. I happen to really love my name,and the spelling isn't used often. I get quite peeved when people mispronounce it. I tell people it's pronounced like (Cursed In) and that is how it is pronounced. People get really confused though because I am a triplet,and my sisters are Kaitlyn and Kristyn. People constantly call me Kristyn,or ask is of there is 2 of us named Kirstyn and the other Kaitlyn,or 2 named Kristyn and then Kaitlyn. NO! It's Kristyn,Kirstyn,Kaitlyn. We have to add our middle names to practically everything,but yet again,that doesn't help,because it's Kaitlyn Marie,Kristyn Ashleigh,and Kirstyn Leigh. Again,the middle names are similar like the first names. Sometimes during a new school year with new teachers,and if me and Kristyn have a class together,during attendance they think they put one name twice,which we explain that there is 2 girls not the same name,and that we're triplets. That is a real conversation starter. But other than that,I love being a triplet,and I love my name.

I seem to be a rare Kirsten, born in 1967, no one knew how to spell or pronounce my name. I was named for a friend of my parents who was Danish. I thought it was so unusual until I met some people from Norway and Minnesota where it has always been a very common name. I always thought it was a pagan name, completely unrelated to Christine and even Kristen, both common names amongst my childhood classmates. My first day at a Catholic high school in 1980, an old nun called roll and stopped dead on my name. She demanded to know what kind of Catholic name I had, what saint I had been named for. Being a Protestant, I was stumped, speechless. She then demanded to know what my middle name was. She tried to call me "Jane" for two weeks but gave up in disgust when I simply didn't respond. After all, my mother had always called me "Kirsten Jana/Yana", using the Danish pronunciation. I now find it ironic that Kirsten actually is just the Danish/Norwegian form of Christina, a saint's name! It wasn't until the American Doll books that Kirsten gained mainstream use. Suddenly little girls were asking me if I was named for the Kirsten doll! I am so glad it is fading from such common popularity as I value the uniqueness of my name. I never have had a nickname and have always been known as simply Kirsten, with my last name rarely needed. I am honored when a pregnant woman hears my name and ultimately names her daughter after me. Well not me personally, but just falls in love with my name.

Nicknames for Kirsten: | Edit

Kirsty, Kirstie, Kiki

Meanings and history of the name Kirsten: | Edit

Kirsten is the Danish and Norwegian form of the name Christina. In the 20th century, it began to be widely used in the U.S.

Famous real-life people named Kirsten: | Edit

Kirsten Nelson, American actress on "Psych"
Kirsten Dunst, American actress
Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian opera singer
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator from New York
Kirsten Vangsness, Actress
Kirsten George, Archer

Kirsten in song, story & screen: | Edit

American Girl doll and book: Kirsten Larson
Kirsten Cohen, character on the TV series "The O.C."

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