Gustafsson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Gustafsson migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gustafsson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Johan Gustafsson, who arrived in Delaware in 1643 [1]
  • Brita Gustafsson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
  • Gustaf Gustafsson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
  • Hans Gustafsson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
  • Jons Gustafsson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
Gustafsson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jonas Gustafsson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1847 [1]
  • Johan Peter Gustafsson, aged 29, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1850 [1]
  • Peter Gustaf Gustafsson, aged 37, who landed in America in 1853 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gustafsson (post 1700)

  • Bo Gustafsson (b. 1954), Swedish Olympic medalist
  • Carl Anton Gustafsson (b. 1990), Swedish professional ice hockey player
  • Åke Gustafsson (1908-1988), Swedish scientist and poet
  • Toini Gustafsson (b. 1938), former Swedish skier
  • Rune Gustafsson, former Swedish track-and-field athlete
  • Eddie Gustafsson (b. 1977), Swedish footballer
  • Bengt Gustafsson (b. 1943), Swedish astronomer
  • Veikka Gustafsson (b. 1968), Finnish mountaineer

Historic Events for the Gustafsson family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Johan Birger Gustafsson (d. 1912), aged 28, Finnish Third Class passenger from Ruotsinpyhtää who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mr. Karl Gideon Gustafsson (d. 1912), aged 19, Swedish Third Class passenger from Myren, Synnerby, Västergötland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mr. Alfred Ossian Gustafsson (d. 1912), aged 19, Finnish Third Class passenger from Kokkola who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [2]
  • Mr. Anders Vilhelm Gustafsson (d. 1912), aged 37, Finnish Third Class passenger from Ruotsinpyhtää who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [2]

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Citations

  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. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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