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Guy

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 239 0 239 #68 boy name
1881 186 0 186 #76 boy name
1882 253 0 253 #68 boy name
1883 224 0 224 #71 boy name
1884 260 0 260 #72 boy name
1885 266 0 266 #68 boy name
1886 255 0 255 #70 boy name
1887 238 0 238 #71 boy name
1888 297 0 297 #71 boy name
1889 271 0 271 #70 boy name
1890 255 6 249 #72 boy name
1891 267 5 262 #67 boy name
1892 315 0 315 #65 boy name
1893 267 0 267 #72 boy name
1894 261 0 261 #76 boy name
1895 261 0 261 #76 boy name
1896 262 0 262 #76 boy name
1897 195 0 195 #92 boy name
1898 215 0 215 #94 boy name
1899 200 0 200 #90 boy name
1900 246 6 240 #99 boy name
1901 170 0 170 #99 boy name
1902 186 0 186
1903 187 0 187
1904 175 0 175
1905 203 0 203
1906 168 0 168
1907 189 0 189
1908 200 0 200
1909 195 0 195
1910 250 0 250
1911 243 0 243
1912 455 0 455
1913 571 5 566
1914 588 8 580
1915 826 10 816
1916 916 13 903
1917 910 6 904
1918 1,011 12 999
1919 918 10 908
1920 967 10 957
1921 1,129 9 1,120
1922 1,129 11 1,118
1923 1,055 12 1,043
1924 1,069 15 1,054
1925 991 13 978
1926 1,012 18 994
1927 928 7 921
1928 884 16 868
1929 830 10 820
1930 840 12 828
1931 792 12 780
1932 768 11 757
1933 799 9 790
1934 773 6 767
1935 768 0 768
1936 717 6 711
1937 739 7 732
1938 725 6 719
1939 719 8 711
1940 721 5 716
1941 766 6 760
1942 806 7 799
1943 832 8 824
1944 786 5 781
1945 764 5 759
1946 980 6 974
1947 1,187 5 1,182
1948 1,029 6 1,023
1949 1,138 8 1,130
1950 1,244 5 1,239
1951 1,402 6 1,396
1952 1,846 5 1,841
1953 1,891 6 1,885
1954 2,094 0 2,094
1955 2,043 5 2,038
1956 2,223 8 2,215
1957 2,310 9 2,301
1958 2,112 6 2,106
1959 2,030 5 2,025
1960 1,954 7 1,947
1961 2,035 10 2,025
1962 1,922 7 1,915
1963 1,752 9 1,743
1964 1,605 0 1,605
1965 1,372 7 1,365
1966 1,278 0 1,278
1967 1,177 9 1,168
1968 1,150 5 1,145
1969 1,170 0 1,170
1970 1,016 6 1,010
1971 864 0 864
1972 728 0 728
1973 628 0 628
1974 598 5 593
1975 534 0 534
1976 513 5 508
1977 498 0 498
1978 435 0 435
1979 464 0 464
1980 417 0 417
1981 404 0 404
1982 427 5 422
1983 342 0 342
1984 342 0 342
1985 367 0 367
1986 342 0 342
1987 355 0 355
1988 326 0 326
1989 313 0 313
1990 323 0 323
1991 332 0 332
1992 282 0 282
1993 259 0 259
1994 202 0 202
1995 208 0 208
1996 192 0 192
1997 187 0 187
1998 208 0 208
1999 190 0 190
2000 201 0 201
2001 209 0 209
2002 172 0 172
2003 173 0 173
2004 168 0 168
2005 152 0 152
2006 186 0 186
2007 159 0 159
2008 163 0 163
2009 146 0 146
2010 157 0 157
2011 141 0 141
2012 142 0 142
2013 149 0 149
2014 156 0 156
2015 153 0 153

Fun Facts about the name Guy

  • How many people with the first name Guy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 89,770 babies born with the first name Guy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Guy to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Guy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 239 new born babies.
  • When was Guy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Guy is Sunday, August 19th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Guy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Guy was in 1957 with a total of 2,301 babies. That's a lot of babies named Guy!
  • Random Guy Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Guy ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 6 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Guy: Your name in reverse order is Yug. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yug. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Guy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,852 people with the last name Guy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Guy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Guy as their last name.

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Popularity of Guy as a first name

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Popularity of Guy as a last name

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Common last names for Guy

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  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • White
  • Hall
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Guy U.S.
  White 67.88% 64.26%
  African American 24.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.01% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Guy

People with the last name Guy are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Guy" mean? The list below shows the origins of Guy as well as things modernly associated with the name Guy such as celebrities named Guy.

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Origin and Meaning of Guy

The name "Guy" is of German origin, and it means "Of unknown meaning". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun guy
A rope, chain, or rod attached to anything to steady it; as: a rope to steady or guide an object which is being hoisted or lowered; a rope which holds in place the end of a boom, spar, or yard in a ship; a chain or wire rope connecting a suspension bridge with the land on either side to prevent lateral swaying; a rod or rope attached to the top of a structure, as of a derrick, and extending obliquely to the ground, where it is fastened.

Etymology: Sp. guia guide, a guy or small rope used on board of ships to keep weighty things in their places; of Teutonic origin, and the same word as E. guide. See Guide, and cf. Gye

verb guy
To steady or guide with a guy.
noun guy
Senses
  1. A grotesque effigy, like that of Guy Fawkes, dressed up in England on the fifth of November, the day of the Gunpowder Plot."The lady . . . who dresses like a guy." [W. S. Gilbert.]
  2. Hence:A person of queer looks or dress.(Chiefly Brit. slang)
  3. A man or young man; a fellow; -- usually contrasted with gals or girls as, it was fun for both the guys and gals; the guys were watching football while the girls played bridge.(Informal)
  4. A member of a group of either sex, usually a friend or comrade; -- usually used in the pl.; as, tell the guys to come inside; are any of you guys interested in a game of tennis?.(Informal)
verb Guy
To fool; to baffle; to make (a person) an object of ridicule.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A cable, wire, or rope that is used to brace something (especially a tent)
  2. An effigy of Guy Fawkes that is burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Day
  3. An informal term for a youth or man ("a nice guy" and "the guy's only doing it for some doll")
  4. Steady or support with a guy wire or cable ("The Italians guyed the Tower of Pisa to prevent it from collapsing")
  5. Subject to laughter or ridicule

Old French form of Germanic Wido, a short form of names beginning with the element witu "wood" from Proto-Germanic *widuz, such as Witold and Widukind. Cognate with Italian Guido.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.
  3. (Britain) An effigy of Guy Fawkes burned on Bonfire Night

From the Hebrew name גַּיְא (gáy, literally “valley”), with the spelling influenced by the existing English name.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.

    Guy was also found in the following language(s): French and Norman

    Notable Persons With the Name Guy

    Guy Pearce

    Guy Pearce is an actor and musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Guy was given the name Guy Edward Pearce on October 5th, 1967 in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

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    Guy Ritchie

    Guy Ritchie is a filmmaker, pub landlord, and businessman. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Guy was given the name Guy Stuart Ritchie on September 10th, 1968 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.

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    Guy Fieri

    Guy Fieri is a chef. Guy was given the name Guy Ramsay Ferry on January 22nd, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

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    Guy de Maupassant

    Guy de Maupassant was a naturalism (literature) and realism (arts) writer. Guy was given the name Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant on August 5th, 1850 in Tourville-sur-Arques. He passed away on July 6th, 1893.

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    Guy Martin

    Guy Martin is an athlete for the TAS Racing. Guy was born on November 4th, 1981 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England.

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    Guy Berryman

    Guy Berryman is an alternative rock bassist, musician, record producer, antique, photographer, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Mandolin, Drum kit, Trumpet, Percussion instrument, Yangqin, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Guy was given the name Guy Rupert Berryman on April 12th, 1978 in Kirkcaldy.

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    • Guy Williams
      (actor)
    • Guy Verhofstadt
      (Leader of the Alliance of Liberals)
    • Guy Clark
      (musician)
    • Guy Sebastian
      (singer-songwriter)
    • Guy of Lusignan
      (royalty)
    • Guy Kawasaki
      (author)
    • Guy Garvey
      (musician)
    • Guy Lombardo
      (bandleader)
    • Guy Laliberté
      (ceo of cirque du soleil)
    • Guy Standing
      (famed human)
    • Guy Lafleur
      (hockey player)
    • Guy Madison
      (actor)
    • Guy Gavriel Kay
      (writer)
    • Guy Pratt
      (musician)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Guy

    Larry the Cable Guy

    Larry the Cable Guy is a character comedy, redneck comedy, country comedy, observational comedy, and satire musician. Larry was given the name Daniel Lawrence Whitney on February 17th, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

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    Buddy Guy

    Buddy Guy is a chicago blues, electric blues, and blues rock musician, songwriter, and musician (magazine). He plays Guitar, vocals, and Fender Stratocaster. He has had major accomplishments since 1953. Buddy was given the name George Guy on July 30th, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States.

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    James Best

    James Best was a film, television, voice actor, artist, acting coach, college professor, singer-songwriter, voice acting, and professor. He was most prominent from 1950 to 2013. James was given the name Jewel Jules Franklin Guy on July 26th, 1926 in Powderly, Kentucky, U.S. He left this life on April 6th, 2015.

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    Jasmine Guy

    Jasmine Guy is an actress, singer, dancer, television director, actor, and singing. She was most active from 1982 to present. Jasmine was born on March 10th, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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    Angus Scrimm

    Angus Scrimm was an actor and author. He was most active from 1937 to 2016. Angus was given the name Lawrence Rory Guy on August 19th, 1926 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. Angus is also known as Lawrence Guy and Rory Guy. He passed away on January 9th, 2016.

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    Falling Leaves

    Falling Leaves was a filmmaking, film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor, filmmaker, director, producer, and actress. She was most active from 1894 to 1894. Falling was given the name Alice Guy on July 1st, 1873 in Saint-Mandé near Paris, France. She passed away on March 24th, 1968.

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    What does the name Guy mean?

    Gis for grace, an admirable trait!

    Uis for upstanding, your inner-self.

    Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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