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What does Guy mean?

Guy [guy] as a boys' name is pronounced gye. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Guy is "wood, wide".

From Wido, which either derives from witu "wood" or wt "wide". It was used by the Normans, and in Old French w- is often converted to gu-. The Normans used forms like Gy and Guido. Guy of Warwick was a Norman hero of the Crusades. The name may also possibly mean Welsh "lively", or Old German "warrior", or from the French guie, meaning "guide; leader". Actor Guy Pearce; film director Guy Ritchie.

Associated with: wood (tree), norman, hero, crusades (war), warrior.


Guy has 1 variant: Guido.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Gany, Gugi, ..

(female) Guny, Guyna, ..

How popular is Guy?

Guy is a very prominent first name for men (#252 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1150 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name history of Guy for boys. Guy was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #70 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #1180. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Guy name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Guy outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the statistics of the boy name Guy and affiliated names. The only other popular variation form of Guy (#1180 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000 is Guido. These relations of Guy reached the top of their popularity during 1880-1889 (average #1035) and have become much less popular since, with versions such as Guido becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Guy, Guido in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Guy and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Guy is pronounced similarly to Gay and Goyo. Other suggested similar names are Gun, Gur, Gus and Ruy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Guy.