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Gender: Female Origin of Kirsten: Scandinavian variation of Christine Meaning of Christine: French variation of Christina, "anointed"

The name Kirsten is a girl's name of Scandinavian, Norwegian origin. Kirsten and is often added to lists like Magical Christmas Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Lovely, authentic name -- but any Kirsten will be condemned to a lifetime of hearing "Did you say Kristen?" They're both genuine Scandinavian names but too interchangeable.

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Famous People Named Kirsten

Kirsten Caroline Dunst, American actress
Kirsten Elizabeth Rutnik Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York
Kirsten Renee Storms, American actress
Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008
Kirsten Simone Vangsness, American actress
Kirsten Nelson, American actress
Kirsten "Flipper" Flipkens, Belgian tennis player
Kirsten Wild, Dutch cyclist
Kirsten Blythe Painter, an American poet and author
Kirsten Målfrid Flagstad, Norwegian operatic soprano
Kirsten Moore-Towers, Canadian Olympic pair skater
Kirsten Wall, Canadian curler

Pop Culture References for the name Kirsten

Kirsten Cohen, character on TV's "The O.C."
Kirsten Larson, character in the 'American Girl' series
Kirsten Greene, character in "Just Listen" by Sarah Dessen
Kirsten Bennett, character on TV's "Party of Five"
Kirsten Johannsen, character in "Number The Stars" by Lois Lowry
Kirsten Raymonde, character in novel " Station Eleven"


kmdharrington Says:



seafoamxox Says:


Is it pronounced kurr-sten or keer-sten ? Both sound nice

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Kirsten. From a UK perspective, Kirsten and Kirsty are both well-known. I don't think Kristen was used to the same extent as in USA. We have tended to stick with Christine, Christina, Crystal, etc. I certainly don't think that parents should avoid either Kirsten or Kristen because they are similar. People confuse Emma with Emily, Julia with Julie, Maria with Marie, and so on. That's reality. I don't think it can be avoided, so why worry?

lizway Says:


I know a Keerstin Kirsten and a Kurrsten Kirsten. So confusing.

maibritt Says:


There are way too many names that sound similar.(Kristen, Kerstin, Christin) They always mix up my moms name, especially in the US.
It is also a scandinavian boy name. It is used in Germany. I like that the name has a vibe of strengh.

Impwood Says:


I thought Kirsten was Scottish / Scandinavian...
Certainly in France the major variation of Christina is Christine.