|Gender||Male (occasionally female)|
|Meaning||Welsh origin: "noise of arms", "resonance of iron" or "clanking sword"
French origin: "sad" or "sorrowful"
|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". The name has also been interpreted as meaning "bold."
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 has been consistently among the top 1,000 names given to baby boys in the United States 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, French playwright and novelist
- Tristan Davies, British news executive
- Tristan Do, Thai-French footballer
- Tristan Evans, British drummer
- Tristan Gemmill, British actor
- Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
- Tristan Hahót, Hungarian noble
- Tristan l'Hermite, French political and military figure of the late Middle Ages
- Tristan Louis, French-American internet entrepreneur and writer
- Tristan MacManus, an Irish dancer
- Tristan Murail, a French composer
- Tristan Nunez, American racing driver
- Tristan Peersman, Belgian footballer
- Tristan Plummer, English footballer
- Tristan Prettyman, American singer-songwriter
- Tristan Rogers, Australian-American actor
- Tristan Thompson, a professional basketball player
- Tristan Tzara, a Dadaist poet
- Tristan Thomas, Australian athlete
- Tristan Vautier, French racing driver
- 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
- François Tristan l'Hermite, who wrote as "Tristan"
People with the name Tristen
- Tristen Gaspadarek, a singer-songwriter who performs as "Tristen"
- Tristen Walker, a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League
- Tristan Farnon, in the works of James Herriot
- Tristan Ludlow, the protagonist of Legends of the Fall
- Tristan Taylor, the English name of the character Hiroto Honda in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise
- Tristen, a boy in The Fortress Series of fantasy novels by C. J. Cherryh
- Tristran Thorne, a character in Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust. It was later adapted into a 2007 film, where the character's name was changed to Tristan
- Tristan Smith, a character in Peter Carey's novel The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith.
- Tristan Milligan in Degrassi
- Tristan Duffy, a character in American Horror Story: Hotel
- Tristan Dugrey, a character in Gilmore Girls
- Tristan of Avalon Towers, a character in Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil
- Tristan (disambiguation)
- Tristan da Cunha – a remote volcanic group of islands in the south Atlantic Ocean
- Tristan and Iseult – an influential romance and tragedy story
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – a novel by Laurence Sterne
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