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What does Bonnie mean?

Bonnie \b(on)-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.


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

For more information, see also related girl names Banee and Barbara.

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


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 (#19293 out of 88799, Top 22%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Bonnie and related names. Popular varying forms of Bonnie (#866 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000 are Barbara (#863 a year ago), Nita, Bonny and Bonita. This girl name reached the apex of its popularity during the years 1940-1949 and has become significantly less popular since, with the versions Barbara, Bonny, Bonita, Nita and Bonnie becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Barbara, Bonita, Bonnie, 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.