Gustafson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the distinguished Gustafson family can be traced to the historic Scandinavian country of Sweden. The surname Gustafson 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.


United States Gustafson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gustafson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adolph Fredric Gustafson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847 [1]
  • Constantin Gustafson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847 [1]
  • Helena Gustafson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847 [1]
  • Jonas Gustafson, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1847 [1]
  • Christian Gustafson, aged 30, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gustafson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Gustafson, aged 12, who landed in America from Sweden, in 1901
  • Adolf Gustafson, aged 21, who settled in America from Gothenburg, in 1901
  • Abraham Theodor Gustafson, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Sweden, in 1903
  • Gustaf Manfred Gustafson, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1903 [1]
  • Swan John Gustafson, who landed in California in 1903 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gustafson (post 1700) +

  • Earl B. Gustafson (1927-2018), American judge, lawyer, and politician from Duluth, Minnesota
  • Nancy Gustafson (b. 1956), American opera singer
  • Kathryn Gustafson (b. 1951), American landscape architect
  • Derek Gustafson (b. 1979), American professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Bob Gustafson (b. 1920), American cartoonist, recipient of the National Cartoonist Society Comic Book Award for 1962 and 1982
  • Daniel Gustafson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Plymouth, Minnesota, 2000 [2]
  • Daniel Gustafson, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 48th District, 1996 [2]
  • Charles Gustafson, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1900 [2]
  • Carl H. Gustafson, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1911-13 [2]
  • Ardie G. Gustafson, American politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Idaho, 1951 [2]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Gustafson, Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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