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I would use this name if it weren’t always missaid and mispronounced like Kristen.
nylonpanda  10/16/2019
My name is Kirstyn and I love it! Out of all five daughters, I am the only daughter who my mother named - my father named all of my sisters! My name is pronounced "Kier-stin" - think "pier" or "ear" - yes I get a lot of Kristen and Kerstin sounding pronunciations - but I am used to it. Besides, I find that when someone makes sure they say my name correctly - it's easy to know who really cares when they take the time to remember and practice the correct pronunciation. I rarely meet another Kirstyn - and if I do - I don't think I've ever met a Kirstyn with my spelling. I love the name meaning - "anointed", "Christian." I will occasionally go by the nickname of Kira - only by immediate family.
kirstyn  10/3/2019
This is also a Scots form of Christine:
Frollein Gladys  9/3/2019
Also Swedish, German, Finnish

Pronounced: SEHS-dən (Danish), SHISH-tehn (Norwegian, Swedish), KEER-stehn (Finnish), KIR-stən (English)

Meaning & History: Danish and Norwegian form and English variant of CHRISTINA.
RHAWK3935  8/16/2019
A lot of people may mistake this for the name Kristen. Kirsten is just strange to me.
Luvbug86  3/16/2019
Ok... this is my name. I don't like it very much. I would like it more if my name wasn't always pronounced Kristen or K- EER -sten. Mine's pronounced K-UR-sten.  2/22/2019
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is a famous bearer of this name.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2018
Lovely, authentic name - but any Kirsten will be condemned to a lifetime of hearing "Did you say Kristen?".
― Anonymous User  12/23/2018
Kirsten Haglund was Miss America 2008.
That70sShowGeek  5/13/2018
I love the name Kirsten and the way it sounds, it's modern and strong, but I dislike its meaning. I also hate the fact that a lot of people often make the mistake of saying "Kristen" instead of "Kirsten". I like Kirsten's sound more than Kristen's.
SilverSatan  2/1/2018
Kirsten Bishop (1963-2014) was a Canadian actress who voiced many of the female villains in the English dub of Sailor Moon.
Acajou  5/4/2017
My ex husband's name is Kirk & we named our daughter after him in 2004, Kirsten. Pronounced Kur-sten like her dad's name, Kirk, is pronounced. Ironically, my name is Christie & I just saw that Kirsten is a derivative of Christina & Christie.
Christiet73  4/30/2017
The name Kirsten was given to 120 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Love the name and all ways it can be said. Feminine and yet still strong. Not often that I come across this name. My daughter is named Kirsten and she regularly received compliments on her name.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2016
Ugly, ugly, ugly! I hope it never makes its way back onto the U.S. charts.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2016
I like this name. It sounds Viking-like, despite its meaning. But it's a shame English-speaking people very often pronounce it either like "Kurse-ten" instead of saying the 'i' correctly (as in "in" or "dim", instead of as a "u" or "ee"), or "Kristen" :(
― Anonymous User  4/4/2015
This could be a pretty name for a girl, but it's hard not to notice that KIRSTEN is an anagram of STINKER, so I probably wouldn't name my daughter that. If people don't notice that, then I guess it's okay.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2014
I'm pretty sure this name is also Swedish, because the American Girl Doll who bears this name is Swedish. American Girl generally does their research and it seems unlikely that they'd pick a non-Swedish name for a Swedish character. I don't know for sure, so if any Swedes want to correct me, feel free.
kvpp88  10/13/2014
Kirsten Flipkens is a famous tennis player from Belgium.
zwartadder  5/30/2014
Sound: 5/10
Spelling: 8/10
Uniqueness: 7/10
Overall: 20/30
Result: Average
Just my opinion
Gio123  11/12/2013
I like this name pronounced both ways I guess, although I have to say I definitely prefer keer-sten. Its much prettier and classier than kur-sten... That kind of sounds like someone mispronouncing Kristen.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2013
My name is Kirsten. I introduce myself as 'CURSE-ten'. If I wanted to be called 'KERs-tin' My name would be Kierstin.
Cuss10  2/7/2012
I really like it, in any pronunciation. I hate that it's getting popular, and that it's so close to Kristin, but it's still a good, strong name for a girl.
Black_X  8/6/2011
Years ago I knew a Kirsten who pronounced her name "Share-sten". I thought the name was beautiful and still do. So far on this site I only see one other person who mentions this pronunciation.
skycruiser  4/14/2011
I used to like this name, but every time I say the name it makes my throat hurt! It's almost like it's a tongue twister name!
lol_cool  2/24/2010
My name is Kirsten, and mine is a Danish name, pronounced Keersten. I hate being called 'kursten'. It sounds so ugly to me. I love my name though, it is fairly unique, and couldn't imagine being called anything else!
Kirsten  12/29/2009
My dad is Danish and named me Kirsten and that side of the family pronounces it 'KYEER-sten' (the 'ky' sound like the 'cu' sound in 'cute' almost). Everyone else calls me 'kur-stin' or *cringe* 'kristen'. I prefer it said like kyeersten because I find it to be much less harsh & masculine sounding.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2009
I think the Kier-sten pronunciation is much prettier. Kur-sten makes me think of "curse".
― Anonymous User  1/26/2009
I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not at first but it's kind of grown on me. I prefer the pronunciation kur-sten.
Saffine Grace  1/5/2009
Kirsten means "Little Follower of the Lord."
Kaiserina  12/29/2008
Kirsten Flagstaff was a famous Wagnorian Opera singer who died in 1962.
Kaiserina  12/29/2008
My name is Kirsten and it is numerously said wrong. A LOT of people say my name wrong like KEER-STEN or they call me Kristen! I feel very strongly against this. I love the name Kirsten though as it is not a common name. Well, I know three people in my whole entire school with the name Kirsten, and one of them is me! This name is not original and is femininely passionate and lovely!
Kirt_74  11/28/2008
It's a pretty and cool name despite the meaning. It doesn't sound very nice with the KUR-sten pronunciation, though.
slight night shiver  4/26/2008
This is my name, and I don't really like it. Either I get compared to Kirsten Dunst, or my name gets mispronounced! [I pronounce it ker-sten, by the way.]
― Anonymous User  10/1/2007
In Norway, where this is also a common name, it can be pronounsed as KEER-sten or as SHEER-sten.
tori  6/26/2007
Kirsten Flagstad (July 12, 1895-December 7, 1962) was a great 20th century Norwegian opera singer.
alberto  6/21/2007
Name of the moment, I predict the next Jennifer. Shame really. Though personally I know know one Kirsten, and she is lovely. Hollwood names like Kirsten (Dunst) and Keira (Knightly) are rapidly growing in popularity.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2007
Love this name---and both pronunciations.
Sarah Elizabeth  2/3/2007
Kirsten is the name that most women in Denmark have. Earlier it was almost overused.
elliebeth  1/27/2007
I like it pronounced KYER-sten.
flipflop1215  12/12/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Kirsten here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
I knew of one Kirsten and she pronounced it KUR-stin. Then the other person I met one day her name was Kiersten and pronounced it Keer-sten.
― Anonymous User  8/31/2006
I think that the name Kirsten is quite harsh but it is femimine and can suit lots of people.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
A famous bearer of the name is Kelly Rowan's character, Kirsten Cohen, on The OC.
october_bay  5/5/2006
I think Kirsten is a very pretty name, not fadish which makes it even nicer.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
In Denmark Kirsten is pronounced as KIER-sten.
Charlie1977  1/15/2006
In my experience, Kirsten is mispronounced quite often. Some people say "Keer-sten" while others say "Kur-sten." So it is very common for a Keer-sten to be called Kur-sten and vice versa. This can be slightly annoying, but I've learned to deal with it. Just as long as no one calls me Kristen (which also happens a lot, and is more annoying than the mispronunciation, because my name is clearly NOT Kristen!).
KirstenLeigh1  12/13/2005
Kirsten Dunst is a famous actress.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
My sister's name and she pronounces it KER-stin.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2005
Kirsten is a pretty name. It seems though that most girls named Kirsten are brats when they're young. Hopefully the Kirsten I know will turn out pretty cool -- someday.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2005
Kirsten Larson is the original pioneer-era American Girl doll.
Eirena  7/18/2005
Kirsten form a book I was studying is a female name. It means the annointed one or one of God.

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