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What does Gustaf mean?

Gustaf Pronunciation of Gustaf [gustaf] as a boys' name is of Scandinavian origin, and the name Gustaf means "Goth (or god) staff". Gustaf is an alternate spelling of Gustav (Scandinavian).

Associated with: scandinavian.


Gustaf has 3 variants: Gustaaf, Gustaff and Gustaof.

11 more alternative forms via Gustav: Gosta, Gus, Guss, Gussie, Gustave, Gustavo, Gustavus, Gustaw, Gustovo, Gustus and Gusztav.

Creative forms:
(male) Gastaf, Gistaf, ..

(female) Gustin, Gustra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gustaf Emmett (G.E.), ..

How popular is Gustaf?

Gustaf is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#138741 out of 150436, Top 92%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gustaf reached its top rank of #756 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gustaf name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gustaf outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Gus (#1149 from recent data), Guss, Gussie, Gustav, Gustave, Gustavo (#529) and Gustavus are the popular related forms of Gustaf. Other variants, like Gustus, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Gustaf reached its most widespread a century ago (average #775) and is now much lower (#1709, 80% less usage), with forms like Gustav becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gustaf, Gus, Guss, Gussie, Gustav in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gustave, Gustavo, Gustavus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gustav outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Asaf, Dustan, Gaetan, Gaspar, Gaston, Gautam, Giusto, Gullan, Gulshan, Gulzar, Gunnar, Guntar, Gunter, Gunthar, Guntur, Guto, Guttman, Gutun, Gutyn, Justan, Mustafa and Rustan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gustaf.

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