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Gender: Male Meaning of Gustav: "staff of the Goths" Origin of Gustav: Teutonic

The name Gustav is a boy's name meaning "staff of the Goths". Gustav and is often added to lists like Boy Names Uncommon in the US and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boy and girl makeover with middles".

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Gray-bearded name heard primarily in Sweden and Germany.

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Famous People Named Gustav

Gustav I Vasa, King of Sweden, whose reign marked the end of the Kalmar Union and the beginning of Swedish independence
Gustav II Adolf aka Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, praised military leader during the Thirty Year War
Gustav III, King of Sweden, who highly influenced the arts of Sweden during the Neo-Classical era
Gustav IV Adolf, King of Sweden
Charles X Gustav, King of Sweden
Gustav Klimt, Austrian Symbolist painter
Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer and conductor
Gustav Åbergsson, Swedish stage actor
Gustav Bertha, Scottish singer-songwriter
Gustav A. Fischer, German explorer
Gustav Fröhlich, German actor
Gustav Haggren, singer/songwriter in the Swedish band Gustav and the Seasick Sailors
Gustav A. Hedlund, American mathematician
Gustav Heinse (born Josef Klein), Bulgarian poet of Austrian origin
Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate
Gustav Heynhold, German botanist
Gustav Holst, British composer
Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist
Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch musician
Heinrich Gustav Magnus, German chemist and physicist
Gustav Meyrink, Austrian novelist
Gustav Nezval, Czech actor
Gustav Schäfer, drummer of the German rock band Tokio Hotel
Gustav A. Schneebeli, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
Gustav Spörer, German astronomer
Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor
Gustav Wood, singer in British rock band Young Guns
Gustav Zeuner German physicist and engineer
Gustav C. Brunn, creator of Old Bay Seasoning
Gustav Elijah Åhr aka Lil Peep, American-Swedish rapper
Gustav Per Fredrik Engvall, Swedish international footballer
Gustav "Gus" Phillips (b. 2009), son of American actress Julie Bowen
Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist

Pop Culture References for the name Gustav

Gustav Patton "Gus" Griswald, character from animated series Recess
Gustav (Zoids), transportation mecha from the Zoids fictional universe
Gustav Graves, villain in the James Bond series

Gustav's International Variations

Gusti, Gustik, Gusty (Czech) Gustaff, Gustaaf, Staff (Dutch) Gustavus (Latvian) Gustavo, Tavo, Tabo (Spanish) Gustave (Polish) Gusztav (Hungarian) Kustaa, Kyösti, Kosti, Kusti (Finnish) Gustaof (Danish)