Tristan

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112k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tristan

"Tristan" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Tumult". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. (Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
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Old French, the name of a knight, lover of Iseult in medieval romance Tristan and Iseult, from Celtic Drystan derived from drest meaning "riot" or "tumult".

  1. A male given name.
  2. A knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend
  3. A female given name

Tristan was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, French, German, Icelandic, and Old French

Notable Persons Named Tristan

Tristan Thompson is a basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association. He was most active from 2011 to present. Tristan was born on March 13th, 1991 in Toronto.

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Tristan Wilds is an actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Tristan was given the name Tristan Paul Mack Wilds on July 15th, 1989 in Staten Island, New York, U.S. Tristan is also known as Mack Wilds, Wilds, and Tristan Paul Mack.

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Tristan Tzara was a lyric poetry, epic poetry, free verse, prose poetry, parody, satire, utopian, and dystopian fiction writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1912 to 1963. Tristan was born on April 16th, 1896 in Moinești. He passed away on December 25th, 1963.

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The Avener is a deep house and electro (music) record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to present. The was given the name Tristan Casara on January 23rd, 1987.

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Tristan Prettyman is a musician. She plays Acoustic guitar and Vocals. Tristan was given the name Tristan Ann Prettyman on May 23rd, 1982 in Del Mar, California.

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Tristan Taormino is an author, columnist, editor, director, sex educator, and sex education. Tristan was born on May 9th, 1971 in Syosset, New York.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Tristan

Kid Congo Powers is a post-punk, alternative rock, and garage rock musician. He plays Squier. He has been prominent since 1979. Kid was given the name Brian Tristan on March 27th, 1959 in La Puente, California, United States.

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Diego Tristán is a soccer player for the Real Betis, Real Betis B, RCD Mallorca B, RCD Mallorca, Deportivo de La Coruña, A.S. Livorno Calcio, West Ham United F.C., Cádiz CF, and Spain national football team. Diego was born on January 5th, 1976 in La Algaba.

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He holds the title Count of Valois, Counts, and dukes of Valois. John was born as the child of Louis IX of France and Margaret of Provence on April 8th, 1250 in Damietta. He left this life on August 3rd, 1270.

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Brynjard Tristan is a black metal, thrash metal, and death metal musician and songwriter. He plays Bass guitar and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Brynjard was given the name Ivar Tristan Lundsten on June 14th, 1976. Brynjard is also known as Brynjard Tristan.

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Frederick was born on June 11th, 1931.

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Luis was born in 1586 in Toledo, Spain. Luis is also known as Luis Tristán de Escamilla. He died in 1624.

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How popular is the baby name Tristan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1946 5 0 5
1948 9 0 9
1949 5 0 5
1950 7 0 7
1951 7 0 7
1952 12 0 12
1953 9 0 9
1954 5 0 5
1955 9 0 9
1956 15 0 15
1957 7 0 7
1958 5 0 5
1959 12 0 12
1960 10 0 10
1961 13 0 13
1962 27 5 22
1963 31 5 26
1964 17 0 17
1965 34 12 22
1966 41 8 33
1967 46 16 30
1968 65 16 49
1969 64 15 49
1970 84 21 63
1971 112 22 90
1972 106 29 77
1973 94 22 72
1974 128 33 95
1975 151 38 113
1976 147 37 110
1977 152 32 120
1978 171 38 133
1979 206 35 171
1980 251 42 209
1981 494 95 399
1982 914 152 762
1983 1,026 169 857
1984 1,036 163 873
1985 1,238 178 1,060
1986 1,094 172 922
1987 1,070 139 931
1988 944 141 803
1989 900 137 763
1990 891 140 751
1991 839 116 723
1992 739 116 623
1993 675 108 567
1994 588 97 491
1995 3,372 284 3,088
1996 5,844 386 5,458 #68 boy name
1997 4,445 251 4,194 #92 boy name
1998 4,420 251 4,169 #92 boy name
1999 4,036 194 3,842 #99 boy name
2000 3,736 206 3,530
2001 3,772 197 3,575
2002 3,987 263 3,724
2003 3,862 228 3,634
2004 3,687 209 3,478
2005 3,776 186 3,590
2006 5,599 194 5,405 #86 boy name
2007 5,524 194 5,330 #87 boy name
2008 5,811 157 5,654 #81 boy name
2009 5,490 144 5,346 #80 boy name
2010 4,989 99 4,890 #84 boy name
2011 4,832 108 4,724 #87 boy name
2012 4,513 87 4,426 #88 boy name
2013 4,077 75 4,002 #96 boy name
2014 3,962 61 3,901 #98 boy name
2015 3,981 79 3,902
2016 3,678 71 3,607

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Popularity of Tristan as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tristan U.S.
  White 15.38% 64.26%
  African American 1.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.47% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 81.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tristan

People with the last name Tristan are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Tristan

  • How Popular is the name Tristan? Tristan is the 594th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tristan was the 7,199th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tristan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 111,898 babies born with the first name Tristan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tristan to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tristan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1946 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tristan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tristan is Monday, May 5th, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Tristan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tristan was in 2008 with a total of 5,654 babies. That's a lot of babies named Tristan!
  • Random Tristan Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tristan ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 51 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Tristan: Your name in reverse order is Natsirt. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tasrnit. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tristan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,642 people with the last name Tristan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tristan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Tristan as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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