Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. GUYS-tav(Swedish) GUWS-taf(German) GOOS-taf(Czech)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Possibly means "staff of the Geats", derived from the Old Norse elements gautr meaning "Geat" and stafr meaning "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.

Related Names

VariantsGösta, Göstav, Gustaf(Swedish)
Feminine FormsGustava(Swedish) Gustava(German)
Other Languages & CulturesGustaaf, Gust, Guus(Dutch) Kustaa, Kyösti, Kusti(Finnish) Gustave(French) Gusztáv(Hungarian) Gustavo(Italian) Gustavs(Latvian) Gustavas(Lithuanian) Gautstafr(Old Norse) Gustaw(Polish) Gustavo(Portuguese) Gustavo(Spanish)
Surname DescendantsGustafsson, Gustavsson(Swedish)
User SubmissionsGústav, Gustáv


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Name Days

Austria: March 10
Czechia: August 2
Estonia: August 28
Norway: June 6
Slovakia: August 2 (as Gustáv)
Sweden: June 6
Sweden: November 6


Entry updated December 7, 2022