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Gender: M Origin of Tristram: Medieval English variation of Tristan, “noise or sorrowful" Meaning of Tristan: Celtic, "noise or sorrowful"

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This version of Tristan, known to English Lit students from the novel Tristram Shandy, is rarely used in this country, but, though its similarity to the popular Tristan could prove confusing, still makes an interesting literary choice.

Baseball legend Tris Speaker was christened Tristram and the protagonist of the Anthony Burgess novel The Wanting Seed is Tristram Foxe.

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Pop Culture References for the Name Tristram

Tristram "Tristy" Phipps, character in The Revenge for Love (1937) by Wyndham Lewis
Sir Tristram Shield, character in Georgette Heyer's novel The Talisman Ring
Tristram Trustie, friend to Goodluck in Nicholas Udall's play Ralph Roister Doister (1551)

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