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What does Gustav mean?

Gustav Pronunciation of Gustav as a boys' name is pronounced GOO-stahv. It is of Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Gustav is "Goth (or god) staff". From Gotstaff, which derives from Gautr "Goth" or got "god", and stafr "staff". A royal name in Sweden. Composer Gustav Mahler; writer Gustave Flaubert.


ASSOCIATED WITH scandinavian, royal (king)


VARIANTS Gosta, Gus, Guss, Gussie, Gustaaf, Gustaf, Gustaff, Gustaof, Gustave, Gustavo, Gustavus, Gustaw, Gustovo, Gustus, Gusztav, Tavin



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How popular is Gustav?

Gustav is an uncommon given name for males. Gustav is an equally unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Gustav was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #296 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Gustav are Gustavo (#607 LAST YEAR), Gus (#994), Guss, Gussie, Gustaf, Gustave, Gustavus and Tavin. Adoption of these relations of Gustav reached its apex 138 years ago (AVERAGE #911) and has become significantly lower since, with forms such as Gustav going out of style.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Dustan, Gaetan, Gaspar, Gaston, Gaurav, Gautam, Giusto, Gorav, Gourav, Gullan, Gulshan, Gulzar, Gunnar, Guntar, Gunter, Gunthar, Guntur, Guto, Guttman, Gutun, Gutyn, Justan and Rustan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Gustav.

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