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

Kirsten Origin and Meaning

The name Kirsten is a girl's name of Scandinavian, Norwegian origin.

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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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.