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Guy

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Guy mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Guy

"Guy" is a name 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
Wiktionary

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 Named Guy

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

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    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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    Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 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 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 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 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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    How popular is the baby name Guy in the U.S.?

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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 1,054 12 1,042
    1924 1,070 15 1,055
    1925 991 13 978
    1926 1,012 18 994
    1927 928 7 921
    1928 884 16 868
    1929 830 10 820
    1930 839 12 827
    1931 793 12 781
    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 981 6 975
    1947 1,188 5 1,183
    1948 1,029 6 1,023
    1949 1,138 8 1,130
    1950 1,242 5 1,237
    1951 1,408 6 1,402
    1952 1,846 5 1,841
    1953 1,889 6 1,883
    1954 2,095 0 2,095
    1955 2,043 5 2,038
    1956 2,222 8 2,214
    1957 2,310 9 2,301
    1958 2,113 6 2,107
    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 1,176 9 1,167
    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 314 0 314
    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 188 0 188
    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
    2016 139 0 139

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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

    • Smith
    • 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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    Fun Facts about the name Guy

    • How Popular is the name Guy? Guy is the 682nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Guy was the 1,227th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Guy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 89,915 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 1913 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Guy ranks 58th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 6 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1913.
    • 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 Ygu. 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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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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