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The distinguished surname Guida can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Guida came from the Italian personal name "Guido." The personal name Guido is derived from the Germanic first name Wido, Wito, in turn derived from Widu, which is an abbreviated pet name of a number of proper names including Witpald, Widbert and Widbald. The Germanic element Widu is actually translated into English as wood.

Guida Early Origins



The surname Guida was first found in Bologna (Latin: Bononia), one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records are found in 1097 with Giacomo di Filippo Guidotti, who was the Bishop of Imola.

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Guida Spelling Variations


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Guida Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Guida include Guidi, Guido, Ghio, Guidelli, Guidarelli, Guidetti, Guidini, Guidarini, Guidicini, Guiducci, Guiduzzi, Guidotti, Guidalotti, Guidoni, Guidone, Guidastri, Gui, Ghidelli, Ghidetti, Ghidini, Ghidoli, Ghidotti, Ghidoni, Ghiotti, Ghiotto, Ghilotto, Ghioni, Ghione, Ghini, Ghion, Guidobaldi, Guidobon, Guidobono and many more.

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Guida Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guida Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Tomaso de Giovanni de Simone Guidi, better known as Masaccio. Born in 1401 in Florence, he became a painter and had a large influence on Michelangelo. Among his famous works is the Branacci chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Guida were

Guida Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfonso Guida, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Aninzo, in 1900
  • Angela Guida, aged 43, who landed in America from Felissi, in 1900
  • Andrea Guida, aged 28, who landed in America from Praiano, in 1903
  • Agostino Guida, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Arienzo, Italy, in 1906
  • Alesfio Guida, aged 39, who landed in America from Pollica, Salerno, Italy, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guida (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guida (post 1700)



  • George James Guida (1924-2015), American sprinter who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Fred Guida, American politician, First Selectman of New Haven, Connecticut, 1922
  • Frank Guida, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 12th District, 1934
  • Bartholomew F. Guida (1915-1978), American Democrat politician, Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, 1970-75
  • Anthony Guida, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 20th District, 1939-42

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    6. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Guida Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guida 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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