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

The name Tristram is a boy's name of English origin. Tristram and is often added to lists like Literary Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "If you had 20 kids what would you name them?".

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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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Famous People Named Tristram

Tristram Risdon, English antiquarian and topographer
Tristram Julian William Hunt, English politician
Tristram Ogilvie Cary, English-Australian composer
Tristram Dalton, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Tristram Shapeero, English TV director
Tristram Powell, English TV director
Tristram Stuart, English author and activist

Pop Culture References for the name Tristram

"Tristram Shandy," novel by Laurence Sterne and its main character
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)
Sir Tristram de Lyones, one of two title characters in the fifth book of Le Mort D'Arthur, "Tristram and Iseult."
New Tristram - a human town in the Diablo video game series