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Tristan Name Meaning

Spanish (Tristán): from the popular medieval personal name Tristán, derived from a British Celtic legend which became incorporated into the Arthurian cycle as the story of Tristan and Iseult. The name is of unknown derivation. It was transmitted through Old French and became associated by folk etymology with Latin tristis ‘sad’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Kristan, Brinton, Cristina, Brian, Kristal, Kriston, Tilton, Cristo

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Where is the Tristan family from?

You can see how Tristan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tristan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tristan families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Tristan family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Tristan's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Tristan families in 1840.
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What did your Tristan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tristan. 49% of Tristan men worked as a Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Fruit Picker
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Tristan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tristan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Tristan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 445 military records available for the last name Tristan. For the veterans among your Tristan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tristan lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Tristan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Tristan in 1964 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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