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Guy as a name is kinda interesting. It’s so simple and it defines a male person, more so for a grown man, so it would sound harsh on a little boy. Although it does sound a little tacky and it does sound like the parents were too lazy to come up with a real name, but I don’t hate the name Guy. This is hilarious.
“Hey Guy!” “This Guy, Guy!” “Guy is a Guy!”. Guy is so unique as a name but not too kre8ev, I kinda like it for a girl too, or is that ironic? You wouldn’t use the name Guy on a female. It’s still a cute name.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2019
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In 2018, 53 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Guy who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 712th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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I actually like this name.
Curious me  8/15/2018
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Guy. Just. Guy. "Hey, Guy!"
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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An alternative spelling used in France is Gui, and some French feminine forms are Guiote and Guyonne.
ArdynLC  4/1/2018
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Guy Georges is a French serial killer, dubbed "The Beast of the Bastille", who was convicted of murdering seven women between 1991 and 1997. He was born Guy Rampillon to a French mother and a Black American father who abandoned him as a small child.
cutenose  7/15/2017
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As a person with the name Guy I feel compelled to offer that people with the name Guy tend to be assholes. Here are just a few examples:

Guy Fawkes - Revolutionary Asshole.
Guy Gardner (Green Lantern) - Superhero Asshole
Guy Montag (Ferenheit 451) - Book Burning Asshole.
Sir Guy of Gisborn (Robin Hood's Nemesis) - Medieval Asshole.

Based on this data I can project with some certainty that I'm probably an asshole.
Guy_Oliver  6/28/2017
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As a person with the name Guy, I can say that I do like the name very much. As a child, not so much, but grew to like it as I got older and traveled more. It's actually fairly popular with Italian Americans as a shorted form of Gaetano. It's also more popular in England, France and Quebec, Canada. As being confused with the American only, generic "Guy", I've never encountered a problem distinguishing the two. In fact, it was only not too worldly and simple people who confused the differences. How dumb can you get if a person thinks that the generic form of Guy for gender came before the actual name? As I got older, I appreciated the distinction of having a strong and uncommon name that hardly anyone forgets. Many have commented to me how much they like the name over the years, especially overseas where I now live. Many people think it's a "cool" name.
Expat  6/12/2017
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Guy Aoki is a Japanese-American civil rights activist. He is the leader of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which he co-founded in 1992. He is also a contributing columnist for the Rafu Shimpo, and debates publicly on Asian American issues.
lilolaf  4/26/2017
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Guy Rupert Berryman is a Scottish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the bass guitarist for the bands Coldplay and Apparatjik. Though Berryman is left-handed, he plays the bass right-handed.
cutenose  4/17/2017
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Having grown up with the name Guy, I have to agree that when someone says "hey guys" or something I do instinctively turn round. As a child, the worst thing about the name was that the only Guys that people had heard of were Fawkes and Gisbourne, and possibly Burgess the spy, not the sort of characters a boy wants to be associated with. My only popular namesake was a gorilla in London zoo. It was a name long before it was a generic word, and before a name with a non biblical Hebrew origin would be used in Europe, to correct some commenters. In light of my experiences, in the first two decades of my life, I wouldn't advise parents to give a child this name, although there are many that are even worse.
ggyy  10/18/2016
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The name Guy was given to 153 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/21/2016
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Guy of Lusignan (c. 1150 – 18 July 1194) French Crusader.
cziehl  5/16/2016
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This name is bound to cause a lot of confusion...
doritazurita  12/20/2015
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Famous bearer is Guy Fieri a.k.a. the god.
qools  12/1/2015
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Guy is your starting character on Temple Run.
doritazurita  9/22/2015
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In Hebrew the meaning of the name is Valley, as in the Biblical "Valley of the Shadow of Death" (in Hebrew - "ge tsel ma'vet").
guybene  7/24/2015
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Far too minimalist to have as an independent name, even if the pronunciation is GEE. It's not too bad as a nickname for Guido though.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2015
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I don't understand how this even became a name. It's just a word to refer to men. It is way too dull to be an actual first name to me.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2015
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This name is like naming your kid, kid.
SH2237  12/28/2014
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I agree so much with you. Who would name their guy kid, Guy?
Maeve N. E.  10/18/2015
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Not a fan of titles as names
If Guy is a name then what about girl or woman etc?

Guy is just an utterly dumb name. We know that your child may be male. No need to point that out, given that his name is his gender

Very silly!
― Anonymous User  9/7/2014
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Guy Fieri, an American restaurateur and TV personality working for the Food Network. He is best known for presenting the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
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Might Guy, a character in Naruto.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
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I think this name is badass and awesome. ;D.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
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I like it because it's really simple, I wish "Man" and "Boy" were also names, while "Dude" sounds too informal, so not that one. I wish a lot of words were names, actually. As long as a name doesn't sound like a made up word it can't sound trashy, unless your first name is something like Money or Hot, but yeah.
Sebastiam  7/6/2014
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This name sounds really, really, really better in French. In English is like naming someone "Boy" or "Man", IMO.

Worst if this Guy called Guy had a sister called Gal! :P.
― Anonymous User  6/2/2014
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Guy Delisle, a Canadian cartoonist/animator best known for comics on his travels in places such as Burma, Jerusalem and Pyongyang.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2013
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In France, Guy (GEE, with a hard g like the English pronunciation) can be a nickname for Guillaume, which is the French equivalent of William. So, in a way, it could be a French form of Bill or Will.
bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
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The name Guy was given to 138 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
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A famous bearer is Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo, one half of the French house duo Daft Punk. Guy-Manuel was born Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo.
TheBlankUsername1  6/23/2013
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Guy of Burgundy was the birthname of Pope Callixtus II (Pontificate between 1119-1124).
CarolinW  6/12/2012
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GUY has also a meaning in HEBREW: Guy means a narrow valey or a ravine - a landform narrower than a canyon which is often the product of streamcutting erosion. Guy is mentioned in the Bible / The old Testament (Joshua 15:8) as the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (Hebrew: גֵיא בֶן־הִנֹּם or גיא בן-הינום); one of the two principal valleys surrounding the Old City. Guy is a very popular name in Israel.
guyravid  2/12/2012
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It is so basic people don't want to use it! It's fine, a lot of people are under the impression that Guy as a name is like naming someone "human". It's a basic short simple name. We don't say "the average Guy" we say average Person or average Joe. I will consider this for a son in the future.
goodolenoname  7/7/2011
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A famous bearer is Guy Lombardo. He was the bandleader for The Royal Canadians.
lizanna86  6/29/2011
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I can't believe nobody's mentioned Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman yet.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2011
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Given its present colloquial meaning, this is a very unfortunate name for anyone. It's like being named "Boy" or "Car".
angolmois  11/16/2009
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In Scotland this name is mostly, if not always, used as a shortened form of Gavin. In fact, it never entered my head for a minute that this name had any other root.
Rhona J  4/28/2009
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I always found this name unappealing. It's used too much as a generic word for person.
number1212  12/3/2008
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Naming a guy Guy will only result in two things. Every time anyone says "hey guys" or anything like that he will always turn around. Also the only guys I've ever known have not been particularly manly.
yohevid  9/28/2008
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My dad's name is Guy. I think it is cool because I've only met one other person named Guy. The down side is spelled backwards its Yug. He doesn't particularly like this nickname.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2008
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Guy of Gisburne was Robin Hood's rival in the Robin Hood legends. I get my primary Robin Hood source from the 1983 Robin of Sherwood though, and Guy seemed a bit more attracted to the sheriff than Marion.
yohevid  8/2/2008
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Green Lantern Guy Gardner of DC Comics. As a result of brain damage, Guy has had many personalities, the most recognizable being cantankerous, cocky, and rude. Despite these less-than-desirable traits, he is a fan favorite.
FMRadio  7/3/2008
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Guy de Chauliac was a physician to Pope Clement VI and his two successors in Avignon, France. He tended to those who had smallpox and managed to survive an infection of the disease himself.
Bastien Rosier  6/2/2008
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I married the best "Guy" of all! I think it is a very strong name & suits both a child & adult. We also gave this name to my son as his middle name.
sonians  5/28/2008
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Guy Patterson was one of the main characters in the movie That Thing You Do. And that is a great movie, and a great name.
Luna_Lovegood54  5/11/2008
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This name sounds weird in English, as saying, for instance, ''he's just an average guy'', is not the same as saying ''he's just an average Joe'' or whatever, as it's supposed to be the noun for a man or a boy, not a name that gets to represent, well, the average guy. Or whatever.
slight night shiver  4/23/2008
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Sir Guy of Gisborn is a nemesis of Robin Hood and a rival for Marian's affections in the tales of Robin Hood. He is an extremely unpleasant character.
Luanna  1/9/2008
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One of the lead characters in the 1964 movie Umbrellas of Cherbourg was Guy Foucher. Auto mechanic who is in love with Catherine Deneuve's character, Genevieve. I like the French pronunciation, Gee. I think this is a nice name, but with English pronunciation kind of funny because it's slang for man.
slasmc  9/26/2007
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There was a boy in my third year of elementary school in California in 1983 named Guy, so I immediately appreciated it and went on to notice it was a rare name. Then, in the northeast (NJ), some ignorant components of the population would call Italian-Americans "guidos" and "guidettes, sometimes in a positive sense, sometimes in a negative sense. As an Italian-American from California, I chose to view this in the positive sense and have since left NJ (thank God).
As destiny will have it, I went on to marry the best man on this earth whose name is Guido. So, in my opinion, Guy, Guido, are EXCELLENT NAMES FOR MEN!
guidoguidette  9/17/2007
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Guy Germaine is a character from Disney's The Mighty Ducks! He's played by Garrette Ratliff Henson and is number 00. He's seen "dating" the character of Connie.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2007
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Ever seen Never Been Kissed? One of the guys on this movie is named Guy. Personally I don't like it but whatever floats your boat.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2007
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Guy is a also a nickname for the French name Guillaume.
kateyvic  5/22/2007
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Famous bearer is Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.
Niqui  2/12/2007
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Origin of the name 'Guy': rather than from a Germanic form witu or wit, it is better to derive Guy from late Germanic widu (wood) or wid (wide), both with d's not t's. Witu or wit are Old High German (OHG) forms which cannot underlie the French Guy or the Italian Guido. The Germanic component of French is Frankish, Gothic or less commonly Old Norse; that of Italian, Langobardic or Gothic. In all of these Germanic dialects, ths secondary OHG shift from Indo-European *dh to /t/ does not occur: it merely stops at /d/. Proof of the /d/ derivation lies in the Italian form Guido where the /d/ can only stem from late Germanic widu or maybe wid: if OHG witu underlay the Italian form, it would have evolved to *Guito, not *Guido; similarly, the late Germanic suffix -hard evolves to -ardo in Italian, not *-arto, e.g. Bernhard > Bernardo (English Bernard).
Insofar as cognates of Guy and Guido are concerned, one could add the names Woody and Woodrow since the English 'wood' is from Old English wudu, which is itself derived from an earlier widu. [noted -ed]
Woody  6/23/2006
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Famous bearer is Guy de Maupassant, a French novelist.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
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Famous bearer is Guy Pearce, an Australian actor.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2006
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Famous bearer: Guy Ritchie, film director and married to Madonna.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2005
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In Hebrew the pronunciation *is* Guy. Gimel, aleph and yod are all consonants in Hebrew (even though aleph is associated with the Latin vowel 'a'). The ending yod would convert the softer vowel (not shown in classical Hebrew) to the harder 'ai' or long 'i'.
josephharris  11/6/2005
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Famous bearer: Englishman Guy Fawkes who was executed for his role in a plot to blow up James I and houses of parliament.
Tbird  8/4/2005
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Guy Fawkes was named Guido, his nickname was Guy. He actually had nothing to do with the plot, he was just one the men hired to blow up the King. Many historians suspect that the plan was formed by James I himself so his people would favour him and fear the Catholics, but this has not been confirmed and probably never will be. Guy Fawkes was tortured for several days as he refused to name his friends, and also the poor Guy (excuse the pun) was blamed and treated as if he had come up with the plot himself. In Britain we have a Bonfire Night on the 5th November to remember the failed plot, where bonfires are lit and families have firework displays. Traditionally people make scarecrows or Guy's and burn him in the bonfire. Today Bonfire Night is just an excuse to have fun, and celebrated all over the country.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2007
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This is the name of the main character of Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag.
echo_of_the_past  7/26/2005
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GUY (pronounced the same as the word "guy" in English) is a male hebrew name, which means "valley". Another possible way of spelling is GAY, which is a transliteration of the hebrew letters gimel, aleph and iod, but it might lead to confusion because it would have a different pronunciation in English as well as some other undesirable meaning for a male name.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2005

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