Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Triston

Triston is an Americanized respelling of Tristan, a name of Celtic origin. Tristan, like the older version of the name Drustan, dates back to medieval times originating from Celtic legend, most notably as the hero of a popular tragic/romance story known as “Tristan and Isolde.” There are several variations of the narrative, but we’ll give you the abridged version. After the fall of the Roman Empire (6th century), the King of Cornwall, Mark, sends his nephew Tristan to fetch the king’s future bride, an Irish princess named Isolde. Once Tristan reaches Isolde, the two of them accidentally drink a love-potion that was meant for Isolde and Mark on their wedding night. As a consequence, Tristan and Isolde fall madly in love which infuriates the king. The legends diverge greatly from here, but in most cases in the end, Tristan dies of grief without Isolde by his side and she is left swooning over his grave. For more information on this Celtic love story, see literary references on the Tristan page. Our research shows differing etymological origins for the name Tristan. Many think the name was influenced by way of the French, from the Latin word “tristis” which means “sad”, in reference to the young man’s tragic fate. Tristan is also a name which has been linked to the Picts (a now-defunct Celtic tribe that emerged at the time of the Gaels in Scotland), and their commonly used given name Drest/Drust, a diminutive of Drustan. The Celtic word “drest” means “riot, tumult” which is also in keeping with Tristan’s love calamity. The popular legend also inspired a 19th century opera, “Tristan und Isolde,” composed by Richard Wagner. Tristen, Tristin and Triston have all developed into alternate spellings of the classical Tristan. Such arbitrary spelling changes are most common – if not almost exclusive – to the United States.

All About the Baby Name – Triston

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME TRISTON

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME TRISTON

Tristan is currently a Top 100 favorite boy’s name in the United States (and pretty much has been since the mid 1990s). As a result, and as is so often the case, American parents have repurposed this Celtic classic with their own random spelling stamp. Tristen is the second most popular then Triston and then Tristin. Triston appeared on the charts in 1995, shot up to moderate levels of usage (thanks to the success of Tristan), and has since settled at lower than average positions. Kids named Triston will forever be saying “My name is Triston. That’s Tristan with an ‘o’”.

Quick Facts

ON TRISTON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

761

PRONUNCIATION:

TRIS-tәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Sad, tumult

Characteristics

OF TRISTON

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Triston

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME TRISTON

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Popular Songs

ON TRISTON

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Famous People

NAMED TRISTON

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Children of Famous People

NAMED TRISTON

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME TRISTON

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