Girl Baby Name

Kirsten

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Quick Facts on Kirsten

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 988
Pronunciation:
KUR-stin
Simple meaning:
Anointed, Christian, follower of Christ

Characteristics of Kirsten

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kirsten

Kirsten is another Scandinavian form of Christian/Christina (mainly originating out of Norway and Denmark). All of these “Christian” names are derived from the Medieval Latin Christianus meaning, quite obviously, “a Christian”. Ultimately, the Latin word for a Christian is derived from the Greek Christos from “chrio” meaning “to anoint”. Christós (Christ) was the title given to Jesus of Nazareth by Greek Christians in the first century to signify him as the anointed one by the power of God. The Greek Christós is also a translation of the Hebrew word “Messiah” meaning essentially the same thing (anointed). Names like Christian, Christiana, Christina and Christine have been used since the Middle Ages but did not become widely common until the 17th century. Names like Kristen, Kiersten and Kirsten are more modern 20th century variations. The “K” forms of this name vs. “Ch” add a certain Germanic or Scandinavian flavor to these old Christian favorites.

Popularity of the Name Kirsten

More modern American parents may be familiar with the name Kirsten from the American Doll Collection – she is a mid-19th century pioneer-era doll. Strange that the makers of American Dolls would pick the name Kirsten because this girl’s name didn’t even appear on the American female naming charts until 100 years later in 1957. Although Kirsten the doll originally hailed from Sweden and Scandinavians have a much longer history of having bestowed the name Kirsten. Here in the states, the Kirsten, Kiersten and Kristen versions of the Christine name haven’t been around nearly as long so they feel much more modern and less traditional to Americans. Additionally they have different pronunciations so it all comes down to a matter of preference (note: because there are so many pronunciations, this also adds to some confusion which some people find annoying). There’s Kris-TEEN, KUR-stin, KYEER-stin and KRIS-ten, for instance (and that’s just a partial list). The height of Kirsten’s popularity, specifically, was during the 1990s when she almost (but not quite) reached a position on the Top 150 most commonly used girl names. This was also right around the time that Kirsten Dunst became a widely recognized young actress for her role in “Interview with the Vampire” (1994). Not surprisingly, Dunst is part Swedish.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kirsten
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kirsten

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kirsten

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kirsten

    Kirsten We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kirsten.

  • Popular Songs on Kirsten

    Popular Songs on Kirsten

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kirsten

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kirsten

    American Girls Collection: Meet Kirsten (Janet Shaw) - Kirsten Larson and her family arrive in America in 1854, after a long sea voyage. Everything looks so different from the life Kirsten knew back in Sweden--the ways people talk and dress seem strange! Getting lost in a big city and parting with her best friend only add to Kirsten's worry. Will she ever feel at home here? It is only when the Larsons arrive at a tiny farm on the edge of the frontier that Kirsten believes Papa's promise--America will be a land filled with opportunity for them all. Several more Kirsten book titles available from the American Girls series. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Kirsten Boxed Set with Game (Janet Shaw) - This keepsake boxed set features Kirsten's six beautifully illustrated books. Discover what it was like to grow up in pioneer America. The set also opens up to a fun-filled game. Collect cards featuring Kirsten's favorite things, and earn points as you move around the board. The first person to finish is not necessarily the winner. Roll the die and see what happens! Recommended for ages 7-11.

  • Famous People Named Kirsten

    Famous People Named Kirsten

    Famous People Named Kirsten - Kirsten Dunst (actress); Kirsten Flagstad (Norwegian opera singer); Kirsten Flipkens (Belgian tennis player); Kirsten Gillibrand (politician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kirsten

    Children of Famous People Named Kirsten

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Kirsten - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Kirsten.

  • Historic Figures

    Kirsten - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kirsten - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kirsten.

Personality of the Girl Name Kirsten

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kirsten

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