Though the meaning’s a little rough -- "riot, tumult, sad" -- Tristan has a soft, mystical air to it that’s quite appealing. The Celtic name hit the US charts in ’71, and rose gradually into the ’90s. After a little dip in the early part of the ’00s, it jumped again in ’06, likely thanks to the release of the movie Tristan + Isolde. Though the film is actually a tragic romance based on Celtic legend, it did serve the name well. There is something slightly magical about this name that helps parents disregard all the sad stuff surrounding it.