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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tristan, Tristramnoun

    (Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other


  1. Tristannoun

    A male given name from the Celtic languages.

    After the first son had been properly named after the grandfather, the second caught the the brunt of her few impulses, being named "Tristan", gleaned from medieval lore from her years at Wellesley.

  2. Tristannoun

    A knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend

  3. Tristannoun

    A female given name

  4. Etymology: Old French, the name of a knight, lover of Iseult in medieval romance Tristan and Iseult, from Celtic Drystan derived from drest meaning "riot" or "tumult".


  1. Tristan

    Tristan (Latin/Brythonic: Drustanus; Welsh: Trystan), also known as Tristram or Tristain and similar names, is the hero of the legend of Tristan and Iseult. In the legend, he is tasked with escorting the Irish princess Iseult to wed Tristan's uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. Tristan and Iseult accidentally drink a love potion during the journey and fall in love, beginning an adulterous relationship that eventually leads to Tristan's banishment and death. The character's first recorded appearance is in retellings of British mythology from the 12th century by Thomas of Britain and Gottfried von Strassburg, and later in the Prose Tristan. He is featured in Arthurian legends, including the seminal text Le Morte d'Arthur, as a skilled knight and a friend of Lancelot. The historical roots of Tristan are unclear; his association with Cornwall may originate from the Tristan Stone, a 6th-century granite pillar in Cornwall inscribed with the name Drustanus (a variant of Tristan). He has been depicted in numerous historical and modern works of literature, music, and cinema. Richard Wagner's influential 19th-century opera Tristan und Isolde portrays Tristan as a doomed romantic figure.


  1. tristan

    Tristan is typically a male given name of Celtic origin, which means "tumult, outcry, or uproar". It became popular due to the character of Tristan in Arthurian legend, who was a knight and a tragic hero due to his love affair with Isolde, who was the wife of his uncle, King Mark. The name can also be found as a surname.


  1. Tristan

    Tristan is one of the main characters of the Tristan and Iseult story, a Cornish hero and one of the Knights of the Round Table featuring in the Matter of Britain. He is the son of Blancheflor and Rivalen, and the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall, sent to fetch Iseult back from Ireland to wed the king. However, he and Iseult accidentally consume a love potion while en route and fall helplessly in love. The pair undergo numerous trials that test their secret affair.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tristan is ranked #7199 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tristan surname appeared 4,642 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Tristan.

    81.8% or 3,797 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    15.3% or 714 total occurrences were White.
    1.4% or 68 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 32 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 22 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.1% or 9 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. transit

  2. straint

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tristan in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tristan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Tristan in a Sentence

  1. W. H. Auden:

    If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves. The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Br?nnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.

  2. Kourtney Kardashian:

    With Tristan I did feel incredibly safe in the beginning, and I felt really good for a time.

  3. The Tribune, Berlin, 1871:

    The prelude to Tristan and Isolde sounded as if a bomb had fallen into a large music factory and had thrown all the notes into confusion.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images would reduce the price of crude oil and gasoline -- that'd be good for the United States -- but, importantly, Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images would deny $ 50 a barrel to Vladimir Putin, we are, by shutting down American energy, we are fueling a communist invasion.

  5. Christi Carrano:

    Tristan was a gift to this world, every parent would dream of having a kid like him.

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