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Guy (m) This was formerly a common Christian name,
introduced to Britain by the Normans. It often appeared
as Guido or Wido. Its ultimate etymology is obscure,
but it probably derives from a word meaning ‘wood.’ Guy
Fawkes (1570-1606) ‘killed’ the name in England, nor was
it especially common in Scotland after the seventeenth
century. Sir Walter Scott’s novel Guy Mannering (1815) did much to restore its image, and it is currently in quiet but regular use throughout Britain. The American use of the word ‘guy’ dates only from the end of the nineteenth
century. In expressions like ‘you guys’ it now includes
both men and women.

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