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Tristram (m) A name used by the Gorthy family of
Perthshire for nearly 400 years. It occurs occasionally
in modern Scotland. The name derives from Celtic Drest
or Drust, ‘tumult,’ but it was associated in France with the word triste, ‘sad,’ and turned into Tristan. In the
Arthurian legends Tristan (or Tristram) is said to have been so named because he was born in sorrow, his mother dying in childbirth. Tristram is also famous in literature because of the eighteenth-century novel by Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy.

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