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Gender: M Meaning of Sonny: "son" Origin of Sonny: Nickname for "son" Sonny's Popularity in 2015: #828

Sonny is one of the generic boy nickname names making a surprise reappearance, and it was recently used by actor Jason Lee. Another surprise: It's been on the US Top 1000 list every year since 1927, reaching a peak in 1975, when it hit Number 428.

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.

Famous People Named Sonny

Sonny Bono, late American singer and politician
Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby player
Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics pitcher
Sonny Stitt, American jazz saxophonist
Sonny Chillingworth, American guitarist
Sonny Lee (born 2012), son of Jason Lee and Ceren Alkac
Sonny John Moore, American electronic music producer (Skrillex)
Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke, American rapper
Sonny White, son of Green Day guitarist Jason White
Sonny Patrick MacDonald Gallagher, son of British musician Noel Gallagher
Lyric Sonny Roads Goldberg (b. 2014), son of Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg
Sonny Donald Blake, son of Hamish Blake & Zoe Foster
Otis Sonny David Macdonald, son of Leah Wood & Jack Macdonald

Pop Culture References for the name Sonny

Sonny St. Jacques, character from the classic US show 'Laverne & Shirley'
Sonny Corinthos, on the American soap General Hospital
Sonny Forelli, villain of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Santino "Sonny" Corleone, character from "The Godfather"
Sonny Koufax, from the movie "Big Daddy"
Sonny Joon, character in HerInteractive's "The Shattered Medallion"
Sonny, 16-year old cousin of Usnavi De la Vega, the main character from the Broadway musical "In The Heights"

Son, Sunny, Sonney, Sonnie, Sunnie