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PronouncedPron.GUWS-taf German

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.
VariantsGösta, Göstav, Gustaf Swedish Gustaf German
Other Languages & CulturesGautstafr 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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