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Gender: M Meaning of Sonny: "son" Origin of Sonny: Nickname for "son" Sonny's Popularity in 2013: #846

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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 US 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.

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Famous People Named Sonny

Sonny Bono, American singer
Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby player
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

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"

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