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Quick Facts on Kristen

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 713
Simple meaning:
Christian, to anoint, Recognition of the Messiah

Characteristics of Kristen

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kristen

Kristen is the Norwegian and Danish form of Christian and the English form of Christina, both of which are obviously derived from the same place. The Medieval Latin Christianus meaning “a Christian” basically gave birth to all of these Chris/Kris names, male and female. Ultimately, the Latin word for a Christian is derived from the Greek Christos from “chrio” meaning “to anoint”. Christós (Christ) was a 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 in use 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 names.

Popularity of the Name Kristen

Kristen made her debut in America in 1946. For about two decades, the name showed gradual but impressive growth on the charts. Kristen then hit the Top 100 list in 1969 and quickly became one of the darlings of the 1970s and 80s. Her peak popularity came in 1982 when Kristen was the 33rd most popular girl’s name in America. The name fell off the Top 100 in 1998 after a 30 year run (not too shabby). As we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century, it’s quite clear poor little Kristen is rapidly going out of style. The name has greatly declined in usage and is now barely considered with any regularity. Still, there are lots of Christian inspired names to choose from (the Latinate Christina being the current most popular). Looks like the cutesy 1970s and 80s versions of Kristen, Kiersten and Kirsten have seen their glory days come and go. We expect they’ll be “anointed” back into popularity one day in the future as the historic naming pendulum tends to swing. It just may take another generation to rediscover these old cutie-pies.
Popularity of the Girl Name Kristen
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kristen

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kristen

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kristen

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

  • Popular Songs on Kristen

    Popular Songs on Kristen

    Kristen - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kristen.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kristen

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kristen

    Kirsten Boxed Set with Game (Janet Shaw) - From the American Girl series. 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.

    Meet Kirsten (Janet Shaw) - American Girl. 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. Recommended for ages 7-11.

  • Famous People Named Kristen

    Famous People Named Kristen

    Famous People Named Kristen - Kristen Bell (actress); Kristen Johnston (actress); Kristen Stewart (actress); Kristen Wiig (actress/comedian)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kristen

    Children of Famous People Named Kristen

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

  • Historic Figures

    Kristen - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Kristen

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 - Kristen

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