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It is. But some people find it cute to name girls with boys names.
sorry, but I've only ever heard of Tristan as a male name, and I had never even considered it as a cross-over name, given its fairly common use in Arthurian legend as a male name. [Tristan & Isolde]
Tristan is definitely a male name. Even as a kid, if you asked me "Tristan - boy or girl?" I'd say boy for sure! I can see why people think it sounds feminine but it's traditionally masculine, not unisex or feminine (check out behindthename.com).
Tristan was also Brad Pitt's character in Legends of the Fall. The character was very masculine, very hot! ;-) My DH likes the name b/c I swear he has a man crush on BP. But I agree I think it sounds a little "soft" on it's own. I wouldn't use it now a days for a boy or a girl.
MelRC117:I think Tristan is typically a boy name, but to be honest the first time I ever heard it I thought it was a girl name. I think it is a VERY feminine boy name. Atleast it wasn't Maxwell ;)
I agree with this!