Gustav - Meaning of Gustav

What does Gustav mean?

[ 2 syll. gus-tav, gu-st-av ] The baby boy name Gustav is pronounced as GUW-STaaF in German †.

1: Gustav is a Czech, English, French, German, Romanian, and Scandinavian name of Old Norse origin. The name's meaning is staff of the gods, staff of the Goths. Gustavus (Latinized) is an older form of Gustav. The name is of disputed derivation; it could also be of Slavonic origin. From Old Norse, the first element could be from 'got' or 'gautr', and the second element 'stafr'. It was a royal name borne by six Swedish kings, starting from Gustav Vasa (1496-1560) who led a rebellion against Danish rule of Sweden and subsequently ruled as Gustav I. Gustav II Adolf (1594-1632) was the king who founded the Swedish Empire. The name was first used by English speakers as early as in the 17th century. The name Gustava (German and Scandinavian) is the female equivalent of Gustav.

Gustav is a widely used name; it has 25 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Gussy, Gustaf (used in German and Scandinavian too), Gustave (used in French too), Gustavo (used in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish too), Gustavus, and Gustus. The contraction Gus (used in Irish, Scandinavian, and Scottish too), and the diminutive form Gussie are other English variants.

Foreign variants of Gustav include Gustaaf (Dutch), Gustaff (Dutch), Gustavs (Latvian), Gustaw (Polish), Gusti (Czech), Gustik (Czech), Gusty (Czech), Gusztáv (Hungarian), Guus (Dutch), Kosti (Finnish), Kustaa (Finnish), Kyösti (Finnish), Staaf (Dutch), Tabo (Spanish), and Tavo (Spanish). Specific foreign variants include the contraction Gösta (Scandinavian), and the diminutive form Gustl (German).

2: Gustav's language of origin is Slavonic. Goslav (Old Slavic) and Gostislav (Old Slavic) are older forms of the name.

See also the related categories, kings, romanian, slavic, god, english, element, czech, french, german, scandinavian, and danish.

Gustav is uncommon as a baby boy name. At the modest height of its usage in 1905, 0.015% of baby boys were named Gustav. It was #482 in rank then. The baby name has seen a marked decline in popularity since then, and is of only very light use now. Within the family of boy names directly related to Gustav, Gustavo was the most widely used in 2018.

Baby names that sound like Gustav include Gustaaf, Gustaf, Gustaff, Gustave, Gustaw, Gusztáv, and Gustavo.

† Pronunciation for Gustav: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)"

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