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PronunciationItalian: [ˈɡwiːdo]
German: [ˈɡiːdo]
Word/nameItalian, Ancient Germanic
MeaningForest, Guide
Other names
Related namesGuy, Gvidas

Guido is a given name Latinised from the Old High German name Wido.[1] It originated in Medieval Italy. Guido later became a male first name in Austria, Germany, the Low Countries, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. The meaning of the name is debated, with various sources indicating the Germanic "Wido" means "wood" and others connecting the Italian form "Guido" to the latinate root for "guide".[2]

The slang term Guido is used in American culture to refer derogatorily to an Italian male who is vain, overly aggressive, and unsophisticated.[3] It may also be used as a more general ethnic slur for working-class urban Italian Americans.[4]


Given name[edit]

Medieval times
Later use
  • Guido Alvarenga (born 1970), Paraguayan footballer
  • Guido de Bres (1522–1567), Belgian pastor, theologian, author of Belgic Confession
  • Guido Buchwald (b. 1961) German footballer
  • Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663), Italian painter
  • Guido Calabresi (b. 1932), American judge and former Dean of Yale Law School
  • Guido Cantelli (1920–1956), Italian orchestral conductor
  • Guido Cantz (born 1971), German television presenter
  • Guido Castelnuovo (1865–1952), Italian mathematician
  • Guido Calza (1888–1946) Italian archaeologist
  • Guido De Padt (born 1954), Belgian politician, Minister of the Interior
  • Guido Deiro (1886–1950), Italian-born vaudeville piano-accordionist
  • Guido Fanconi (1892–1979), Swiss pediatrician
  • Guido Fubini (1879–1943), Italian mathematician
  • Guido Gezelle (1830–1899), Flemish writer, poet and priest
  • Guido Görtzen (born 1970), Dutch volleyball player
  • Guido Grandi (1671–1742), Italian priest and professor of mathematics
  • Guido Guerrini, (b. 1976), Italian rally driver
  • Guido Knopp (b. 1946), German historian, journalist and producer of history documentaries
  • Guido Kratschmer (b. 1953), German decathlete and former world record holder
  • Guido de Lavezaris (c. 1512 – c. 1581), Spanish Governor General of the Philippines
  • Guido von List (1848–1919), Austrian occultist, journalist, playwright, and novelist
  • Guido Mantega (b. 1949), Italian-born Finance Minister of Brazil
  • Guido de Marco (1931–2010), Maltese politician, who served as the sixth President of Malta from 1999 to 2004
  • Guido Marini (b. 1965), Italian Roman Catholic priest, current Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations
  • Guido Migliozzi (b. 1997), Italian golfer
  • Guido Pella (b. 1990), Argentine tennis player
  • Guido Quaroni (b. 1970), Italian computer modeller and animator at Pixar Studios
  • Guido Reni (1575–1642), Italian painter
  • Guido Reybrouck (born 1941), Belgian cyclist
  • Guido van Rossum (b. 1956), Dutch programmer, creator of the Python programming language
  • Guido Vildoso (b. 1937), General Guido Hernán Vildoso Calderón (born 5 April 1937, La Paz, Bolivia) is a former officer in the Military of Bolivia and de facto President of Bolivia in 1982
  • Guido Stampacchia (1922–1978), Italian mathematician
  • Guido Westerwelle (1961–2016), Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor of Germany
  • Guido Wieland (1906-1993), Austrian actor
  • Guy Fawkes (later Guido Fawkes) (1570–1606), English Catholic who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot

Family name[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name". Behind the Name. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
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  4. ^ Libby Copeland (6 July 2003). "Strutting Season". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2013.