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What does Sonny mean?

Sonny Pronunciation of Sonny as a boys' name is pronounced SUN-ee. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Sonny is "son". A nickname, sometimes friendly and sometimes a little condescending. Also a short form of Santino. Entertainer Sonny Bono. Also form of Orson.



VARIANTS Sonnie, Sunny

(male) Sciny, ..

(female) Sonly, ..

Sonny Moses (S.M.), ..

How popular is Sonny?

Sonny is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#772 out of 1220, Top 63%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#93006 out of 150436, Top 62%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Sonny reached its top position of #512 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is presently at #664. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Orson, Santino (#524 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Sonnie and Sunny (#1926) are the prominent variation forms of Sonny (#664) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Sonny is at its peak today (USAGE OF 0.1%). Sonny has been the most prevalent, though Santino is currently higher in the list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sonny, Orson, Santino, Sonnie, Sunny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sonny is pronounced similarly to Signy, Sunney, Sunnie and Sweeny. Other recommended sound-alike names are Benny, Danny, Denny, Donny, Johnny, Jonny, Kenny, Lanny, Lenny, Lonny, Manny, Renny, Ronny, Sandy, Shonn, Stoney, Tenny, Tony and Vinny. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sonny.

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