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Meaning and name origin

Bonnie \b(on)-nie\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 is a very popular first name for females (#88 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19293 out of 88799, Top 22%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bonnie for girls. Bonnie reached its highest rank of #34 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Bonnie and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Barbara (#863), Bonnie (#866), Bonny and Bonita. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Bonnie is also pronounced similarly to Benni, Bennie, Binnie, Bonie 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.