G names, Hebrew, Male, Nature, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Guy is the Norman French form of Wido, an Ancient Germanic name which originated as a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element witu “wood” or wit “wide”. Guy as also been used as an anglicized transcription of Gai, a Hebrew male name meaning “valley, gorge, ravine”. As a surname it originated from the given name above, but it could also be derived from an occupational name for a guide which comes from Old French guider (to guide) which ultimately derives from PIE root word *weyd- (to know; to see). Guy is also an informal word for man or boy though its plural form, guys, is used informally for a group composed of either sex. Guy is also a nautical or engineering word used to refer to a rope or a cable that is used to steady, guide, or secure something. In English, Guy is pronounced gie (like Gai) while in French it’s pronounced gee (as in McGee).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew



  • Wido (Ancient Germanic)
  • Vid (Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian)
  • Vít (Czech, Slovak)
  • Wide (Frisian)
  • Guido (Italian, German)
  • Veit (German)
  • Vida (Hungarian)
  • Gvidas (Lithuanian)
  • Wit (Polish)
  • Gai (Hebrew)


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