Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

Originally a short form of names beginning with the Old Frankish or Old Saxon element widu, Old High German witu meaning "wood" (Proto-Germanic *widuz). This was the name of two 11th-century saints, one from Belgium and one from northern Italy, both commonly called Guido or Guy. From early times this name has been confused with the Latin name Vitus.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesQuido(Czech) Guy(English) Guy(French) Wide(Frisian) Guido(German) Guido(Italian) Gvidas(Lithuanian)


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 1563.
Entry updated December 7, 2022