The name Gustava is usually a female given name originating from Old Norse countries, particularly Sweden. It is pronounced as 'guw-staa-vah.' The feminine variant of Gustave is a name common to ancient Swedish monarchs. The name has been borne by eight Swedish monarchs. The meaning of Gustava is 'Royal Staff, Divine Staff or Staff of the gods.' The name was derived from 'Gautstafr,' which includes two elements; 'gautr' (which means goth or gods) and 'stafr' (which means stick, rod, or staff). Gustava is a unique female name as it is uncommon in the United States of America. However, it is a commonly used name in Finnish, Italian, and German countries. Other variants of the name include Gustaafah and Gustavah. Famous people named Gustava include the late Swedish artist Gustava Stenborg, Norwegian author Gustava Kielland and the late Austrian geologist Gustava Aigner. There is also a character named Gustava in the game 'Metal Gear'. People with the name Gustava are often believed to be cheerful, kind, hardworking, and full of life. They are also perceived to be determined, expressive, positive, outspoken, and open-minded.