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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Sorrowful

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Tristan

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Tristan in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Tristan:

  • Records indicate that 89,313 boys in the United States have been named Tristan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2008, when 5,595 people in the U.S. were given the name Tristan. Those people are now 12 years old.

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    Comments about the name Tristan

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "My son's name is Tristan. He was born in 2015. There are not many other boys his age with this name. It fits him well. I loved the story of the Knight of the round table with this name and I loved Legends of the Fall in the 90's. So there you have it! I have a Tristan." Oct. 31, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tristin and it is a name of sadness. At the age of 15, I lost the first girl I ever loves to suicide. We weren't together at the time but it still ruined me. A month and a half later, my best friend died in a dirt bike accident. Tristin is a name of sorrow for sure." Jun. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I personally love the name Tristen our little boy was born on 31/01/13 and yes me and my partner have seen 'Legends of the fall' Stardust' & Tristan & Isolde but its not the reason why. Its so rare where we live in Suffolk, England. I personally have never met a Tristen/an and I find it a very handsome strong name :)" Sep. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son was born in 2003 and we named him Tristan Lee when he was born, I think a baby should be named when you see his/her face for the first time. He is such a strong charactor and suites the name totally." Mar. 25, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband & I named our little boy Tristan Robert! We absolutely love the name :) very manly & strong!" Mar. 9, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Tristan McGraw! We got Tristan from legends of the fall! My favorite movie!it's a good name! But adults having so much times on their hands criticizing the names of children is crazy! No wonder there are so many kid bullies now! I have a guy friend named Kelly! He was a high school and college baseball stud! Also have a friend named Taylor that fights MMA! I got on this site because a friend on Facebook posted this! Such bull!" May. 1, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Please don't name your daughters Tristan!!! It's was Sir Tristan of the Round Table over 1000 years ago!! If you want a boys name just pick Peter, Paul, Bob or Doug and see how she goes. It's a boys name!! If you want a dirivitave of Kristen, just change the first letter to anything else, Bristan,Dristan Fristan,Gristan, go through the alphabet and pick a letter, just don't use Tristan!! Some names might be "asexual" but Tristan is not one of them! Stick with Taylor and Jordan." Sep. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son has the name Tristan Robert and I love it. It truly fits him and with his personality it is truly a masculine name. I do feel a bit bothered when he is physically present and we still have to point out it is a boy they are asking about but eventually we run into a well educated more worldly type that gets it...we chose it for the story of Tristan and Isolde...and he is both strong willed and sensitive." Feb. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I did not name my son tristan but I named him triston-lee because I just loved it and my name is trisha" Jul. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is tristan i`m the best tristan in the world and its a boy's name" Jun. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 6 months old and we named him Tristan Steele. I first heard the name because of the King Aruthur legend and fell in love with it and always said if I had a son that would be his name. He is amazing and strong and handsome." Mar. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Tristan after seeing "Legends of the Fall" while pregnant. I thought it was a unique and strong name ( Brad Pitt-HELLO?!) His middle name is "Michael" for" GOD LIKE:)" Feb. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name so much that I named my second son Tristan William in May of 2005. My family thought it was a girls name but I kindly sent them all an email showing that it is used for boys like 89% of the time. I also liked the movie Legends of the Fall but it was because of the link to the knights of the round table that I used this name, so royal. It fits my son so well he is funny, loving, smart, active, and even tempermental at times but he's a well rounded kid. I give this name a big 2 thumbs up!!!" Oct. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thinking of naming our future son this. I too remember Brad Pitt from Legends of the Falls and always loved the name. Our family thinks it sounds feminine but I agree, Tristan would be better than Tristen." Sep. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Tristan is 3. He is gentle, kind and smart.. hes the only Tristan I know...its a beautiful lovely and strong name." May. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the nam Tristan. My son's name is Tristan Wyatt. He's a gorgeous, sweet, intelligent little boy with a very funny little sense of humor. People always think that I named him after Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, but I actually named him after the character in "All Creatures Great and Small". I think that this is a very special name, romantic and strong, all at once." Sep. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son Tristan Lee was born in 1993 and I chose his name because of the character in "All creatures great and small". Unfortunately he was born at the same time as Brad Pitt's movie Legends of the Fall which I understand also had a character named Tristan, I never saw the movie. My son is an absolutely wonderful young man who is polite and kind hearted. He is extremely athletic and a good student, which is a nice combination. When meeting new people most call him Christian until told otherwise. Around the house we call him Trist. There are no other Tristans in his school making him unique." Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is an awesome name. My father in law, my husband and my son are all named Tristan. All three are exceptional human beings. It is a special name." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "A real classic, timeless, unique name. Expect your son to do great things with this legacy." Apr. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tristan is my name and having been born in 1970 it was a very unique name. It has since grown in popularity. I liked it more when it was more obscure, but it fits my personality well and I love it. Could have done without the Triscuit a Trascuit you mom's name is nabisco chants when i was a kid. But other than that. . .good stuff" Dec. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Overall, every time I hear someone say this as their name, it just rolls of the tongue. Tristan. :D Good boy name." Dec. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate


  • "Another great, gentle boys name that is sure to be used more for girls. Like Taylor or Riley. Also is gaining popularity due to the movie Tristan and Isolde." Jan. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This has to be the best name ever created. Unlike Michael it's hardly ever used which ensures that no one else will have your name. What makes it even better is that it is the name of one of King Arthur's knight whick is pretty freakiin cool" Nov. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my son's name! By the way, Brad Pitt is not the original to boast this name... it's origin is Arthurian Legend." Aug. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name...what is wrong with an association with Brad Pitt?!? :)" Jul. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sometimes confused with "Christian", everyone assumes you named your child after Brad Pitt in Legends of the fall. Other than that, its a wonderful name!" May. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "So fake horrible nasty I really hate it & I know quite a few idiots with this doesn't means's overused,it's on the most hated names list & I could go on forever there are better proper masculine names" Apr. 27, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "really dislike it. I mean if you need "Brad Pitt" or "General Hospital" to give the name some creditability then THUMBS DOWN. If I like a name it will be for something much more important and significant than that. AND yes it is feminine" Feb. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is tristan I think It is a really nice name but people mix me up with tristan and Ttristen" Jul. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "After 20 years we were watching "Legends Of the Fall" and wanted to see how popular the name became after the movie and according to this graph it did make an impact on people naming their son's!! Interesting, I got to admit Brad Pitt is freaking awesome looking in that movie, and of course all the chicks wanted the bad boy!! Go figure!!" Aug. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "" I think the name is great, my boy's name is Tristan. It's a strong and masculine name. As far as people hating it. Maybe they wish they had it! A bitter person is always going to hate what they can't have or be, for that matter. Just like a bully." Apr. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "" I think the name is great, my boy's name is Tristan. It's a strong and masculine name. As far as people hating it. Maybe they wish they had it! A bitter person is always going to hate what they can't have or be, for that matter. Just like a bully." Apr. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 27 yo guy named Tristan. Grew up hating it because I got called every female derivative of it. And it wasn't made any better when people named girls that. No wonder I have masculinity issues; this didn't help. Despite the fact that the name meaning in the baby book was actually "romantic", (In reference to the love story, "Tristan and Isolde") it didn't make girls line up. However, thanks to movies like "Legends of the Fall" and "Tristan and Isolde" and having hot guys play the roles, it helped restore the masculine glory to the name and the girls love the name now. Nevertheless, stop naming your daughters that, you're just making it more difficult with us guys with the name. Also hate when people spell it Tristen." Feb. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a girl born in 1992. My name is Tristen. There is another tristan in my town. He is a boy. Personally, I think Tristen is a great girl name and I would have to say in my opinion that Tristen makes a better girls name. It's strong but yet gentle. Perfect for a girl. My dad decided to name me Tristen because he like the way it sounded. I really like my suits me. Trista just wouldn't be right. Either gender works for me though. It fits differently on all people. So boy or girl Tristen will fit whomever it is given to." Jan. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i guess my sisters part of that 11% of females with the name tristan. my mom was also obsessed with "General Hospital" and never had a boy so opted to name my sister tristan renee." Jan. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Funny how the use of the name Tristan exploded after the movie "Legends of the Fall" came out in which Brad Pitt's character bears this name." Jun. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "For crying out loud no one knows how to pronounce my name. Im 19 and Ive had this bad boy getting me called Kristen, and Christian and everything in between. My friends call me Jack. So much simpler, Altho Im "suposedly" related to the orignal celtic mythology. Girls tend to love the name so its alright." Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born 3-25-83 I found the name Tristan while watching General Hospital, it was Robert Scorpio's real name. Just like him, he is charming and very much the ladies man, minus the English accent." Sep. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son tristan james was just born on friday, we love the name,i dont know why people think it sounds feminine,i would think being as it came form tristan and isolde that it sounds very manly" Sep. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tristan, my mother first heard the name from James Harriot's books "All Creatures Great and Small" I think the name is best pronounced with a British Isles accent (Scottish, Irish, English) i find that in Canada and the US I get a lot of "Treshtan, and Christian" but it's becoming a very popular name, I'm sure that people will get the hand of pronouncing it eventually." Jun. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my now 2 yr old son's name, and we originally got the name from the Legends of the Fall movie from 1994. My husband and I both love it. Some of my family members didn't think it was the best name when we picked it out for our son but I think it's original and fits him well. Others love the name when they hear it. I don't think it's feminine, nor have I heard it used as a girls name as some people think it is. Some people spell it as Tristen instead of Tristan." Apr. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "there is a kid at my school named tristan and does the funiset impressions of charcters and peoples diffrent accents i am creating a play and am going to name sombody after him beacause of his joking around personality and because he is just fun to hang around that is the reason he is such a good friend to all of us 5th graders a nerge school" Mar. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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