Arthurian legends & myths, Celtic, Emotion/Feelings, Male, Pictish, Sorrow, Sound, T names


Tristan is the Old French form of Drustan,  a Pictish diminutive of Drust likely derived from Celtic drest meaning “riot” or “tumult”, possibly in reference to the noise of the “clanking of swords”. The spelling was changed to resemble the French word triste meaning “sad, sorrowful”, likely because of the tragic affair of Tristan and Isolde- they fell in love after drinking a love potion even though she was engaged to his uncle, Mark of Cornwall, and conducted a secret affair even after her marriage. When his uncle found out he either banished Tristan in some versions while in others he killed him.

Origin: Celtic



  • Trystan (Welsh)
  • Trysten (English)
  • Tristram (Medieval English)
  • Triston (English)
  • Tristin (English)
  • Tristen (English)
  • Drystan (Welsh)
  • Drust (Ancient Celtic)
  • Drustan (Ancient Celtic)
  • Drest (Ancient Celtic)
  • Tristão (Portuguese)
  • Tristán (Spanish)


Female forms:

  • Trista (English)
  • Trysta (English)
  • Tristine (English)
  • Tristina (English)
  • Trystine (English)
  • Trystina (English)


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