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Etymology & Historical Origin - Trystan
Trystan is the Welsh version of the Celtic name usually rendered as Tristan. Tristan is a name that dates back to medieval times and was popularized by a hero of a tragic/romance legend in Celtic mythology. There are several variations of the narrative known as “Tristan and Isolde”, but we’ll give you the abridged version. Shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire (c. 6th century), the King of Cornwall, Mark, sent his nephew Tristan to fetch the king’s future bride, an Irish princess named Isolde. However, once Tristan reached Isolde, the two of them accidentally drank a love-potion that was meant for Isolde and Mark on their wedding night. As a consequence, of course, Tristan and Isolde fell madly in love – a betrayal which infuriated King Mark. The stories diverge greatly from here, but in most cases, in the end, Tristan dies of grief without Isolde and she is left swooning over his grave. For more information on this Celtic love story, see literary references below. Our research shows differing etymological origins for the name Tristan; although there is a common theme. Some believe 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 that has been linked to the Picts (a now-extinct Celtic tribe who were ultimately overtaken by the Gaelic people in Scotland), and the common Pictish name Drest/Drust, a diminutive of Drustan. The Celtic word “drest” means “riot, tumult” which is also in keeping with Tristan’s tragic love story. The popular legend also inspired a 19th century opera, “Tristan und Isolde,” composed by Richard Wagner. As a popular modern-day masculine name in the United States, a few respellings emerged. Tristan, however, is the classic spelling. And Tystan is the Welsh spelling. So if you like Celtic names, we advise you go with one of these two more legitimate spellings. The others are much more “Americanized”.
Popularity of the Name Trystan
Trystan is currently the least preferred of the six spellings of Tristan (which is a Top 100 favorite boy’s name in the U.S. right now). The Trystan spelling first appeared on the charts in 1996 which is the same year that Tristan was the 68th most popular masculine name nationwide. Due to the popularity of Tristan, the charts started to get peppered with other spelling variations (a common American naming practice). We actually like the Trystan spelling and are surprised more parents aren’t opting for it. It’s very Welsh looking with the “y” instead of an “i”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Trystan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Trystan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Trystan
Tristan (Celtic Legends) Descended from many different traditions and literary cultures, the doomed-love story of Tristan and Isolde that resonates most strongly with us is from the Celtic legend, transcribed by Thomas of Britain in the 11th century and thereafter woven into the commonly known medieval romance that appears in Sir Thomas Malory’s Arthurian tales. Tristan is a young nobleman and the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall, who sends him to Ireland to escort the beautiful Isolde back to him, Mark, to be taken in marriage. Due to the (somewhat) accidental ingestion of one of those omnipresent medieval love potions, Tristan and Isolde unwittingly, i.e., innocently, fall in love. Although Isolde marries King Mark, she and Tristan continue their unsanctified affair, until discovered by Mark. While he keeps Isolde as his wife, he banishes Tristan from the country. Tristan subsequently marries another, but after falling gravely ill, he sends for Isolde and asks her to come to him. He tells her that if the returning ship’s sails are white, he will know she is coming; if black, he knows she is not. His wife, in her own understandable distress, sees the white sails approaching and tells Tristan that they are black. Tristan dies of grief and Isolde, upon her arrival and knowledge of this fact, dies of a broken heart herself. A classic tale of love, honor and duty, this legend has stayed with us for centuries, kept alive not only by the famous Arthurian legends, but also by poetry, fiction, and opera.
Popular Songs on Trystan
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Trystan
Collide: The Secret Life of Trystan Scott (H.M. Ward) - Volume One. When Mari accidentally overhears that Trystan is in love, she can't believe it. He's pining over some girl that doesn't know he's alive. The confident swagger and endless stream of girls is a facade. It conceals his loneliness and hides how messed up he’s really become trying to flee from a life that’s battered him to his core. Trystan tries to figure out how to make it clear how much he loves her. But every insincere kiss, every broken promise haunts him because she knows them all. Now Trystan has to prove to the one girl who thinks true love is real that she’s not just another conquest. Mari keeps his secret, but quickly learns about an even bigger secret about Trystan Scott—one that is impossible to keep. Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Trystan
Famous People Named Trystan - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Trystan.
Children of Famous People Named Trystan
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Trystan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Trystan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Trystan.
Personality of the Boy Name Trystan
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Trystan