Kirsten - Meaning of Kirsten
[ 2 syll. kir-(s)ten, ki-rst-en ] The baby girl name Kirsten is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced KIHRSTeh-N †. Kirsten is of Latin origin. It is used mainly in English, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch. This was initially the Danish and Norwegian form of Christine; it was later adopted by English speakers in the 19th century.
In addition, Kirsten is a form of the Dutch, English, German, Greek, and Scandinavian Christina in the English, German, and Scandinavian languages.
Kirsten is a widely used name; it has 51 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Christan, Christann, Christen, Christena, Karsten, Karstin, Karstine, Keirstan, Keirsten, Keirstin, Kerstine, Khierstyn, Kierstynn, Kirsta, Kirstain, Kirsteen (used in Scottish as well), Kirstene, Kirsteni, Kirstian, Kirstien, Kirstina, Kirstine, Kirston, Kirstone, Kirstyn, Kirstynn, Kjerstin, Kristen, Kristyn, and Krystin. Other English forms include the diminutives Kirsi, Kirsti, Kirstie (used in Scottish as well), and Kirsty (used in Scottish as well), and the spelling variants Kearsten, Kearstin, Kersten, Kerston, Kerstyn, Kierstan, Kiersten (used in Scandinavian as well), Kierstin, Kierston, Kierstyn, Kirstan, Kirstin (used in German, Scandinavian and Scottish as well), Kyrsten, and Kyrstin. The Scandinavian Kerstin is a form of Kirsten that is used in foreign languages.
Kirsten is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1991, 0.095% of baby girls were named Kirsten. It had a ranking of #154 then. The baby name has markedly dropped in popularity since then, and is of only sporadic use today. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Kirsten, Christina was the most popular in 2018. Kirsten has in the last century been mainly given to baby girls.
Baby names that sound like Kirsten include Kiersten, Karsten, Karstin, Karstine, Kearstin, Keirstin, Kerstin, Kerstine, Kerstyn, Khierstyn, Khristine, Kierstin, Kierstyn, Kierstynn, Kirstain, Kirsteen, Kirstene, Kirstien, Kirstin, and Kirstine.
† Pronunciation for Kirsten: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Kirsten is Actress Kirsten Dunst, born 30 April 1982, Point Pleasant, New Jersey.