Old French form of the Pictish name Drustan
, a diminutive
. The spelling was altered by association with Latin tristis
"sad". In Celtic legend Tristan was sent to Ireland in order to fetch Isolde
, who was to be the bride of King Mark of Cornwall. Instead, Tristan and Isolde end up falling in love. Their tragic story was very popular in the Middle Ages, and the name has occasionally been used since that time.