2006 popularity rank in the U.S.: #998
Meaning: Warrior from the valley
Guy was a popular late medieval English name — borrowed from the Norman French across the Channel — that fell out of favor for a time in the late 16th century. That's when the infamous Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the British Parliament and covered the straightforward French name with infamy. Romantic novels in the 19th century brought it back — three simple letters that stand for "warrior from the valley" and are pronounced with the guttural "g" and a long "eee" sound. It hasn'tbeen among the top 1,000 American baby names since 2006, so Guy may be due for another revival.