Tristan (name)

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Gender Male (occasionally female)
Word/name Latin/italian
Meaning Welsh origin: "noise of arms" or "clanking sword"
French origin: "sad" or "sorrowful"
Other names
Related names Tristam, Tristão, etc.

Tristan or Tristram is a given name of Welsh origin. It originates from the Brythonic name Drust or Drustanus. It derives from a stem meaning "noise", seen in the modern Welsh noun trwst (plural trystau) and the verb trystio "to clatter".

It became popularized through the character of Tristan, one of the Knights of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. The modern form is most likely influenced by the Latin root tristis (tant triste in the medieval French version of the myth), meaning "sad" or "sorrowful". The recent rise in the name Tristan is also attributed to a movie character of the same name played by actor Brad Pitt in the film Legends of the Fall."

Tristan is the 87th most popular baby name in the United States, and has been consistently among the top 1,000 names given to baby boys since 1971.[1] There are various alternate forms of the name (popularity in parentheses): Tristen (1432), Triston (326), Tristin (536), Tristian (423), Trystan (5000), and Trysten (1).[2]

People with the name Tristan[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Tristan Farnon, in the works of James Herriot.
  • Tristan Milligan in Degrassi.
  • Tristran Thorne, a character in Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust who was later adapted into a film. In the film, the character's name was changed to Tristan. He was played by Charlie Cox.
  • Tristan Sadler in The absolutist.


  1. ^ "Popular Baby Names". Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Think Baby Names: Origin & Meaning of Tristan". Retrieved 2007-03-02. 

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