Show ContentsGust History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the distinguished Gust family can be traced to the historic Scandinavian country of Sweden. The surname Gust is derived from the Old Norse personal name Gustav. This name is composed of the tribal name Gaut and the word staf, which means staff or cudgel. The tribal name is thought by experts to be identical with that of the Geats, the Scandinavian tribe to which Beowulf belonged, and it is also thought to be akin to that of the Goths. Thus, the name Gustav literally means staff of the Geats or staff of the Goths. The suffix -sen and its variants are translatable as son of.

Gust Ranking

In the United States, the name Gust is the 11,218th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Gust migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gust Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Gust, who arrived in America in 1839 [2]
Gust Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nichalaon Gust, who landed in Alabama in 1929 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gust (post 1700) +

  • Ernest Herman Frank Gust (1888-1945), nicknamed "Red", American Major League Baseball player who played for the St. Louis Browns in the 1911 season
  • Neil Jacob Gust, American musician, co-founder of Heatmiser with Elliott Smith in 1992
  • Rockwell T. Gust Jr. (b. 1924), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1956; Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 1st Senatorial District, 1961-62 [3]
  • Reinhard Gust (b. 1950), German gold and three-time silver medalist rower
  • Wolfgang Gust (b. 1935), German journalist, historian, author and editor of the magazine Der Spiegel
  • J. Gust Zook, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904 [4]
  • Gust Kundert (1913-2000), American politician, Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 1983 to 1988
  • Gust Norgreen, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 5th District, 1899-1900 [5]
  • Gust Cappos, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [6]
  • Gust C. Peterson, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1911, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 [6]

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