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National Guy Day – June 29, 2023

National Guy Day is observed every June 29. It may not be a conventional holiday, but we think it’s an excellent way to celebrate all the great Guys out there! The name ‘Guy’ is derived from the Italian and Germanic ‘Guido,’ which was taken from the Old French ‘gui’ (‘guide’). ‘Guy’ may also be an anglicization of the Hebrew ‘Gai,’ meaning ‘ravine.’ The patron saint of comedians and dancers, St. Vitus, was also known as St. Guy. Guy is a popular name in the United States, and there have been many famous Guys, like Guy Fawkes and Guy Ritchie, throughout history.

History of National Guy Day

Guy was a popular name in the U.S. during the 1950s. It comes from the proto-Germanic ‘widuz,’ meaning ‘wood,’ and eventually developed to ‘wido.’ The Italians then borrowed and transformed the word into the Italian version, ‘Guido.’

The Italian language is from a family of languages known as the Indo-European language family. It evolved from Vulgar Latin and spread throughout the Roman Empire. In the Italian peninsula, dialects of Vulgar Latin were spoken. These dialects went on to be considered sister languages of Italian. The standard Italian spoken today can be traced back to 12th-century Tuscan and Sicilian poetry, which evolved from these sister dialects to the language used in official court proceedings during the Renaissance. Italy’s unification in the 19th century turned Italian into a commonly spoken language, even among the bourgeoisie.

Today, the language is spoken across the European continent. It is an official language of Italy and San Marino, spoken in Switzerland, and used in all Vatican City’s official state proceedings and documentation. It’s even used in Monaco, France, Montenegro, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, the United States, and Australia because of past annexation and immigration.

National Guy Day timeline

1605
The Gunpowder Plot

Guy Fawkes is caught participating in a plot to blow up the British Parliament.

1969
Guy on “Sesame Street”

Guy Smiley, the game show host muppet, first appears on “Sesame Street.”

1988
“Final Fantasy”

“Final Fantasy,” featuring a protagonist named Guy, is released.

1995
“The Hard Case”

Guy Ritchie makes his directorial debut with “The Hard Case.”

National Guy Day FAQs

Is Guy a popular name?

From 1880 to 2019, the U.S. Social Security Administration recorded 90,214 people named Guy.

How old is the name ‘Guy’?

Norman-French names like Guy made their way into England in 1066.

Is Guy a last name?

Guy can be a given name or a last name.

National Guy Day Activities

  1. Thank a Guy

    If you have a friend or relative named Guy, tell them how much you appreciate them. Thank them for being a positive part of your life.

  2. Do some historical research

    There’s a pretty long list of notable Guys out there — from renowned chefs to infamous criminals. Why not go through it and see how many of them you know? We’re sure they all have exciting stories to tell.

  3. Watch a Guy Ritchie film

    Ritchie is one of the most famous Guys out there. Celebrate him by watching one or two of his movies!

5 Facts About Names That You Didn’t Know

  1. Double whammies

    There are 4,746 Americans with the same first and last names.

  2. Fauntleroy

    Iconic cartoon character Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.

  3. Popular names

    Over the last 100 years, the most popular boy’s name has been James, while the most popular girl’s name is Mary.

  4. The longest name

    With 747 characters in his full name, Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr. holds the world record for the longest personal name.

  5. Iceland’s laws

    In Iceland, some names must be given the green light by the Icelandic Naming Committee before they can be used.

Why We Love National Guy Day

  1. Names are fun time capsules

    Names have fun histories and etymologies. National Guy Day encourages everyone to dig into the meanings and histories of their names.

  2. It clears up common misunderstandings

    Names like Guy can sometimes be confusing. It can sound like someone is just saying ‘boy’ or ‘dude.’ A deeper look into the name’s etymology clears up this possible misunderstanding.

  3. We want to celebrate all the Guys we know

    We love appreciating the people we know. National Guy Day gives us an excuse to show all the Guys we know some love!

National Guy Day dates

YearDateDay
2023June 29Thursday
2024June 29Saturday
2025June 29Sunday
2026June 29Monday
2027June 29Tuesday

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