Gustaf Name Meaning & Origin
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The boy name Gustaf is largely used in the English, German, and Scandinavian languages. Its origin is unclear - most likely Germanic/Old Norse.
The name "Gustaf" is pronounced as g(u)-staf, gus-taf, GUWSTaaF, goo-stav and is a variant of "Gustav"/"Gustaaf" (Scandinavian), Gustave (French), Gustavo (Italian).
- Personal experiences with the name Gustaf
Gustaf is often perceived to be an "alternative" way of spelling the name "Gustav" but the version ending in "f" is actually older.
Men named Gustaf are perceived to be very athletic as well as creative and love to express themselves through acting, music, painting and other froms of art.
Gustaf is an uncommon first name for men.
The short form Gus (used in Irish, Scandinavian, and Scottish as well), and the pet form Gussie are other English variants.
- Nicknames for Gustaf
Gus, Guzza, Staf, Gussie, G, Stavo
- Meanings and history of the name Gustaf
The name is of disputed origin; the first element could be from 'got' (god) or 'gautr' (Goth), and the second element 'stafr' (staff). The widely accepted meaning of Gustaf is "royal staff; staff of the gods".
The name was borne by six Swedish kings, starting from Gustaf Vasa (1496-1560) who led a rebellion against Danish rule of Sweden. The name Gustava (German and Scandinavian) is the female equivalent of Gustaf.
- Famous real-life people named Gustaf
Count Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt (31 March 1757 – 19 August 1814) was a Finnish and Swedish courtier and diplomat.
Gustaf (Patrik) de Laval (May 9, 1845 - February 2, 1913) was a Swedish engineer and inventor who made important contributions to the design of steam turbines and dairy machinery.
Gustaf Dalén (30 November 1869 – 9 December 1937) was a Swedish Nobel Laureate and industrialist, the founder of the AGA company and inventor of the AGA cooker and the Dalén light.
Gustaf V (Oscar Gustaf Adolf) (16 June 1858 – 29 October 1950) was King of Sweden from 1907 until his death.
Gustaf Adolf Tenggren (November 3, 1896 - April 9, 1970) was a Swedish-American illustrator.
Gustaf Gründgens (December 22, 1899 – October 7, 1963) was one of Germany's most famous actors of the 20th century, leading theatres in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg.
Gustaf Hammarsten (born September 2, 1967) is a Swedish stage and film actor.
Gustaf Skarsgård (born November 12, 1980) is a Swedish actor, son of Dr. My Guenther and Stellan Skarsgård and brother of Alexander Skarsgård.
Gustaf Norén singer guitarist in the garage rock band Mando Diao from Borlänge, Sweden.
- Gustaf in song, story & screen
Gustaf Spetz - Burn It Crush It Smash It (2009)
Gustaf Gründgens - in "Faust I" in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
Gustaf Tenggren - illustrated children's books such as "Tawny Scrawny".