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Where did the English Guy family come from? What is the English Guy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Guy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Guy family history?

Guy is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Guy family lived in Gloucestershire. The name, however, refers to the district of Guise in France, where the family was resident prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Aspley Guise is a village and civil parish located in central Bedfordshire.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Guy has been recorded under many different variations, including Gyse, Guise, Guys, Guy, Gysse, Gyss, Gise, Gwyse and many more.

First found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Elmore in that shire, and were descended from Sir William Gyse who attended Duke William in his Conquest of England at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It is believed that Sir William first held the manor of Highnam from Gloucester Abbey but by the later marriage of Anselm Gyse to Magotta de Burgh (Burke,) daughter of the Earl of Kent, he acquired the Lordship of both Highnam and Elmore in Gloucestershire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guy research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1632, 1705, 1731, 1629, 1621, 1624, 1644, 1724, 1653, 1683, 1617, 1670, 1654, 1695, 1678, 1732, 1701, 1769 and are included under the topic Early Guy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Guy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Guys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Guy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Guy settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Robert Guy, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • James Guy settled in Virginia in 1622
  • James Guy, who landed in Virginia in 1622


Guy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Guy, who landed in New York in 1705

Guy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Guy, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Letitia Guy, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • Thomas Guy, who landed in Mississippi in 1847
  • Samuel Guy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Guy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Neil Guy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904

Guy Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Jean Guy, who arrived in Quebec in 1667
  • Jean Guy settled in Quebec in 1671 from Aunis on the west coast of France near Bordeaux

Guy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Antoine and François (1722), and Pierre-Theodore Guy (1726), settled in Quebec from Ile-de-France

Guy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Guy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Biddy Guy, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ellen Guy, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Elenor Guy, aged 30, landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • Maryann Guy, aged 20, arrived in Quebec in 1834

Guy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Guy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Joseph Guy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorset" in 1839
  • Sarah Guy, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Sarah Guy, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"

Guy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Guy, aged 34, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Mary Guy, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Sarah Guy, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • John Guy, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Andrew Guy, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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  • Jean Guy (1923-2013), American First Lady of North Dakota (1961–1973)
  • William Lewis Guy (1919-2013), American politician, 26th Governor of the North Dakota (1961 to 1973)
  • George "Buddy" Guy (b. 1936), American blues guitarist and singer, ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"
  • Billy Guy (1936-2002), American singer, best known as a member of The Coasters
  • William Ray Guy (b. 1949), retired American football punter, eponym of The Ray Guy Award
  • Jasmine Guy (b. 1964), American actress, singer and dancer
  • Mr. Edward John Guy, aged 28, English Boots from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 5
  • Jamie Leslie Guy (b. 1987), English footballer
  • Lewis Brett Guy (b. 1985), English football forward
  • Michel Guy, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815

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The Guy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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