Kirsten Name Meaning & Origin
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.
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- Comments and insights on the name Kirsten
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
My name is also Kirsten. I really grew into liking my name. It was honestly annoying growing up when someone would call me Kristen every two seconds when that's a DIFFERENT NAME. I am okay with people saying Kier-sten, but I don't like that pronunciation. I always thought (as well as my mom when she named me) that pronunciation was pretentious sounding. I pronounce it Ker-sten. My mom and I believe this way it sounds strong, yet feminine which is what I grew up to be anyway.
My mum named my younger sister Kirsten. She thought she had invented it by changing the 'r' and the 'i' around in Kristen to make Kirsten. My sister hates her name because she cannot find it on anything but I think it's pretty unheard of and unique.
- Nicknames for Kirsten
Kirsty, Kirstie, Kiki, Kir, Kirst, K.
- Meanings and history of the name Kirsten
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
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
American Girl doll and book: Kirsten Larson
Kirsten Cohen, character on the TV series "The O.C."