Meaning and name origin
Johnny \jo(hn)-ny\ as a boy's name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Johnny is "God is gracious". Johnny is a variant of John (Hebrew); biblical: the name of the longest-lived of the 12 apostles, who was especially loved by Christ. See also Gian.
Johnny is a very popular first name for males (#97 out of 1220, Top 8%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#56473 out of 88799, Top 64%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Johnny for boys. Johnny reached its highest rank of #50 in the U.S. in 1940-1949 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Johnny and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Johnny (#299), Jonnie, Johnnie and Johnie. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).