|Gender||Male (occasionally female)|
|Meaning||Welsh origin: "noise of arms" or "clanking sword"
French origin: "sad" or "sorrowful"
|Related names||Tristam, Tristão, etc.|
|Look up Tristan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|
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. There are various alternate forms of the name (popularity in parentheses): Tristen (1432), Triston (326), Tristin (536), Tristian (423), Trystan (5000), and Trysten (1).
People with the name Tristan
- Tristan Bernard, a French playwright and novelist
- Tristan Gemmill, a British actor
- Tristan Gommendy, a French race car driver
- Tristan l'Hermite, a French political and military figure of the late Middle Ages
- Tristan Louis, an Internet entrepreneur and writer
- Tristan MacManus, an Irish dancer featured on Dancing with the Stars (U.S. TV series)
- Tristan Murail, a French composer
- Tristan Prettyman, an American singer-songwriter
- Tristan Rogers, a soap opera actor
- Tristan Tzara, a Dadaist poet
- Tristan Wilds, an American actor
- Tristan A. Farnon, an American webcomic author
- Tristan de Clermont, a French-born knight who became Count of Copertino by dowry of Catherine of Taranto
- Tristán de Luna y Arellano, a Spanish conquistador
- Diego Tristán, a Spanish football player
- Tristan Truax, a professional motocross rider
- Tristan Farnon, in the works of James Herriot.
- Tristan Milligan in Degrassi.
- Tristan Thorne, a character in Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust, later adapted into a film in which Tristan was played by Charlie Cox.
- Tristan (disambiguation)
- Tristan da Cunha - a remote volcanic group of islands in the south Atlantic Ocean forming part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Tristan and Iseult - influential romance and tragedy story
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - a novel by Laurence Sterne
- Finnegans Wake - a work of comic fiction by Irish author James Joyce