Given Name GUSTAV

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: GUWS-taf (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

Possibly means "staff of the Goths", derived from the Old Norse elements Gautr "Goth" and stafr "staff". However, the root name Gautstafr is not well attested in the Old Norse period. Alternatively, it might be derived from the Slavic name GOSTISLAV. This name has been borne by six kings of Sweden, including the 16th-century Gustav I Vasa.
VARIANTS: Gösta, Göstav, Gustaf (Swedish), Gustaf (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Gautstafr (Ancient Scandinavian), Gustaaf, Guus (Dutch), Kustaa, Kyösti, Kusti (Finnish), Gustave (French), Gusztáv (Hungarian), Gustavo (Italian), Gustavs (Latvian), Gustaw (Polish), Gustavo (Portuguese), Gustavo (Spanish)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017