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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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Where is the Guy family from?

You can see how Guy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Guy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Guy families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 41 Guy families living in Virginia. This was about 14% of all the recorded Guy's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Guy families in 1840.
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What did your Guy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Guy. 17% of Guy men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Guy women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Guy were Truck Driver and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Cook
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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