Gustav (name)

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Gustav /ˈɡʊstɑːv/, also spelled Gustaf, is a male given name of Old Swedish origin, possibly meaning "staff of the Geats", derived from the Old Norse elements Gautr ("Geat") and stafr ("staff"). Another etymology speculates that the name may have a Slavic origin, through Swedish, from "Gostislav", a compound word from Old Slavic "Gost'" ("guest") and "slava" ("glory"). This name has been borne by eight Kings of Sweden, including the 16th-century Gustav Vasa and the current king, Carl XVI Gustaf. It is a common name for Swedish monarchs since the reign of Gustav Vasa.

The name has entered other languages as well. In French it is Gustave; in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, Gustavo. The Latinised form is Gustavus. A side form of the name in Swedish is Gösta. The name in Finnish is Kustaa.

In Danish, Norwegian and German it is written the same as the above mentioned Swedish varieties. In Icelandic and Faroese it is written Gústav or Gústaf.


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