Meaning: Possibly “Guide”, “valley”, or “wood”
Pronunciation: GIE or GEE
Origin: English, French, and possibly Hebrew
Other forms of the name: Wido, Guido, Vid
The name Guy has a surprisingly long history. It is thought to come from the Germanic Wido which was used as a nickname for names that started with widu or wid. Another possibility is that Guy is a Hebrew name meaning “valley”. It was introduced to England by the Normans and was in popular use until Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the British parliament. It was revived again in the 1800s by the use of the name in the novel “Guy Mannering” and “The Heir of Redclyffe”. Many today might associate it with the character of Guy of Gisbourne, the villain in BBC’s “Robin Hood” series. Other notable namesakes are that of Australian actor Guy Pearce, Saint Guy of Pomposa, Saint Guy of Anderlecht, Blessed Guy Vignotelli, a hockey player named Guy Lafleur, director Guy Ritchie (ex-husband to Madonna), and Guy of Lusignan, king-consort of Jerusalem and king of Cyprus. Guy last ranked in the top names of the US in 2006 where it sat at #992.