Other Origin(s):German, Swedish
Meaning:Royal staff, staff of the gods
If baby has added immeasurable amounts of color to your life, then consider this painterly moniker! Gustav is a boy’s name of Old Swedish origin, which is mainly used in Scandinavia, German-speaking countries, and Low Countries like the Netherlands, Flanders, and Belgica. While your mind may immediately think of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt—who gave us paintings like The Kiss and Death and Life—when you hear this name, it has a history that stretches far back in time. Meaning “royal staff” or “staff of the gods,” Gustav has belonged to many famous people, both real and fictional. With a name like this, your little one is sure to paint the town red and make a name for themselves, too.
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