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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.

Guy Early Origins



The surname Guy was 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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Guy Spelling Variations


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Guy Spelling Variations



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.

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Guy Early History


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Guy Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Guy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guy Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Guy (died 1629), an English merchant adventurer from Bristol, colonist and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1624, the first Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland who led the first attempt to establish a colony...

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guy In Ireland


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Guy In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Edwin Guy settled in New Hampshire in 1620
  • James Guy settled in Virginia in 1622
  • James Guy, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ellen Guy, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Elenor Guy, aged 30, landed in Saint 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  • Joseph Guy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorset" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dorset 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dorset.gif
  • Sarah Guy, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Guy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guy (post 1700)



  • Betty Guy (1920-2016), American watercolor landscape artist
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Guy Historic Events


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Guy Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Laurence A Guy, British Electrical Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DORSET 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dorset.gif
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 28 November 2016 at 10:58.

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