What does Bonnie mean?
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.
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)
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)
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.