Sonny is one of the generic boys' nickname names making a surprise reappearance, and was recently used by Brit musicians Noel Gallagher and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Another surprise: It's been on the U.S. Most Popular List every year since 1927, reaching a peak in 1935, when it reached Number 202. Sonny is still in the Top 200 in Australia.
Most celebrities who've gone by Sonny have had a formal birth name, including Sonny Bono (born Salvatore), Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue (George Ervin), boxer Sonny Liston (Charles) and jazz musician Sonny Rollins (Theodore Walter). Even fictional Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice was born James.