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What does Bonnie mean?

Bonnie Pronunciation of Bonnie [bon-nie] 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.

Associated with: scottish, old, blue.


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.

1 more alternative form via Bonita: Bonie.

Creative forms:
(female) Banie, Benie, ..

(male) Bona, Bongio, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bonnie Tina (B.T.), ..

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. Demographics)

Bonnie reached its top rank of #33 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is presently at #871. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bonnie name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Bonnie (#871 a year ago) are Barbara (#865 a year ago), Bunny, Bonny, Bonni and Bonita. These forms of Bonnie were favored as birth names in the 1940s (usage of 5.3%) and have become significantly less common since, with versions such as Bonita becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bonnie, Barbara, Bonita, Bonni, Bonny, Bunny 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, Benny, Benoite, Binnie, Binny, Bogna and Bunnee. Other suggested similar names are Annie, Bernie, Blondie, Bobbie, Bobie, Brenie, Bronnie, Cinnie, Connee, Conni, Connie, Cornie, Cynnie, Dennie, Dinnie, Donni, Donnie, Fannie, Gennie, Ginnie, Hannie, Hennie, Honie, Ionie, Jannie, Jennie, Jinnie, Joanie, Johnnie, Jonie, Jonnae, Jonni, Jonnie, Konnie, Lannie, Linnie, Lonie, Lonni, Lonnie, Minnie, Monnie, Nannie, Nonie, Nonnie, Pennie, Rennie, Ronnee, Ronni, Ronnie, Sannie, Sinnie, Sonni, Sonnie, Sunnie, Tonie, Vannie, Vinnie, Vonni, Vonnie, Winnie, Wynnie and Zannie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bonnie.

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