Guy Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: from a French form of the Germanic personal name Wido, which is of uncertain origin. This name was popular among the Normans in the forms Wi, Why as well as in the rest of France in the form Guy. English: occupational name for a guide, Old French gui (a derivative of gui(d)er ‘to guide’, of Germanic origin).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Gay, Goy, Bay, Luy, Gue, Gundy, Fey, Amy, Guo, Gu

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Guy Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Guy name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Guy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Guy Family Origin

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Guy Family Occupations

What did your Guy ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Guy family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Guy. The most common Guy occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Guy's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Guy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 253,000 census records available for the last name Guy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Guy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Guy. For the veterans among your Guy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Guy Life Expectancy

What is the average Guy lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Guy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Guy in 1940 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

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