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What does Bonnie mean?

Bonnie /bon-nie/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced BAHN-ee. It is of Scottish origin, and the meaning of Bonnie is "fine, attractive, pretty".

From the Scottish word "bonnie" and also diminutive of the French word "bonne", meaning "good". Commonly used as a fond nickname. The old nursery rhyme claims that "the child who is born on the Sabbath Day/is bonny and blithe and good and gay", which makes this an appropriate name for a Sunday's child. Literary: Scarlett O'Hara's daughter by Rhett Butler was named "Bonnie Blue". A famous American bearer was Bonnie Parker, accomplice of the bank robber Clyde Barrow; their story was made into the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde". The name is also used as a pet form of Bonita. Actress Bonnie Hunt; Olympic speedskater Bonnie Blair.


Bonnie has 17 variants: Bonne, Bonnebell, Bonnee, Bonnell, Bonney, Bonni, Bonnibel, Bonnibell, Bonnibelle, Bonniejo, Bonnin, Bonny, Bonnyjean, Bonnylee, Bunni, Bunnie and Bunny.

Related girl names: Banee and Barbara.

Bonnie has 3 more alternative forms via Bonita: Bo, Bonie and Nita.

Kreatif forms: Banie, Benie, Bonrie. [more]

How popular is Bonnie?

Bonnie is a very prominent first name for females (#88 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#24663 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Bonnie for girls. Bonnie reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is presently at #866. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bonnie name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bonnie outside U.S.

Popular varying forms of Bonnie (#866 a year ago) are Barbara (#863 a year ago), Nita, Bonny and Bonita. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6928%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.0542%, down 92.2%), with the versions Barbara, Bonita, Bonny, Nita and Bonnie becoming somewhat dated. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Bonnie and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bonnie, Barbara, Bonita, Bonny, Nita in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bonnie and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bonnie is pronounced similarly to Benni, Bennie, Binnie and Bunnee. Other suggested similar baby names are Bronnie, Connie, Donnie, Jonnie, Konnie, Lonnie, Monnie, Nonnie, Ronnie, Sonnie and Vonnie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bonnie.