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meaning:World ruler
origin: Polynesian/Hawaiian


origin: Welsh

meaning: Tumult

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.

current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 81

Famous tristan

  • Tristan - title character in Tristan + Isolde
  • Tristan Wilds - actor
  • Tristan Tzara - poet
  • Tristan Ludlow - character in Legends of the Fall

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