Show ContentsGuido History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Guido 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 Guido 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.

Guido of Arezzo (c. 991-1033) was an Italian music theorist and pedagogue of the medieval era. He is generally thought to have invented the modern staff notation for music.

Early Origins of the Guido family

The surname Guido 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.

Early History of the Guido family

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Guido Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Guido. These spelling variations 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.

Early Notables of the Guido family (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. Luca Ghini was a botanist in Bologna during the 15th century. He was also a professor at the University of Bologna and founded the botanical gardens of Pisa and of Florence. He was famous for his talents in preparing herbals and is documented as the first to...
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Guido Ranking

In the United States, the name Guido is the 4,873rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Guido migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Guido:

Guido Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luisa De Guido, who arrived in America in 1826 [2]
  • Alberto Guido, aged 35, who landed in America from Tercelli, in 1892
  • Vincent Guido, who landed in Mississippi in 1895 [2]
  • Joseph Guido, who landed in Mississippi in 1896 [2]
  • Joe Guido, who arrived in Mississippi in 1899 [2]
Guido Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amadeo Guido, aged 15, who landed in America from Torino, in 1905
  • Angela Guido, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Cosenza, Italy, in 1907
  • Anna Guido, aged 14, who landed in America from Alcamo, Sicily, in 1908
  • Andrea Guido, aged 19, who landed in America from S. Nicola, Caserta, in 1909
  • Angelo Guido, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Vallecorsa, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Guido (post 1700) +

  • Michael A. Guido (1954-2006), American politician, Mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, 1986-2006 who died in office at the age of 52 [3]
  • Robert N. Guido, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1972 [3]
  • Cantelli Guido (1920-1956), Italian orchestral conductor
  • Marchi Guido (b. 1896), Italian professional footballer
  • Luigi Guido (b. 1968), Italian judoka
  • Reni Guido (1575-1642), Italian painter
  • Cecily Margaret Guido FSA, FSA Scot (1912-1994), née Preston, also known as Peggy Piggott, an English archaeologist, prehistorian, and finds specialist
  • José María Guido (1910-1975), President of Argentina, from 30 March 1962 to 12 October 1963
  • Guilherme Guido (b. 1987), Brazilian backstroke swimmer
  • Oscar Guido Trejo (b. 1988), Argentine footballer

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook