Sonny Origin and Meaning

The name Sonny is a boy's name meaning "son".

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), Secretary of Agriculture 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.

# 354 in the US

Sonny Rank in US Top 1000

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Sonny Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Sonny Popularity

Famous People Named Sonny

  • Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" BonoAmerican singer and U.S. Congressman from California
  • Charles L. "Sonny" ListonAmerican boxer
  • Sonny William "Sonny Bill" WilliamsNew Zealand rugby player
  • Sonny Douglas GrayAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Edward "Sonny" StittAmerican jazz saxophonist
  • Walter Theodore "Sonny" RollinsAmerican jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Edwin Bradfield Liloa "Sonny" ChillingworthAmerican guitarist
  • George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue IIIAmerican politician; 81st Governor of Georgia
  • Sonny John Moore aka SkrillexAmerican electronic music producer
  • Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke aka Sonny DigitalAmerican rapper
  • Sonny Sanford Rosenman (b. 2017)son of American television personality Whitney Port
  • Sonny Ashcroftson of musicians Kate Radley of Spiritualized and Richard Ashcroft of The Verve
  • Sonny Jones (b. 2004)son of musicians Sophie Ellis,Bextor and Richard Jones
  • Sonny Miller (b. 2006)son of actors Belinda Stewart,Wilson and Ben Miller
  • Sonny Patrick MacDonald Gallagherson of musician Noel Gallagher of Oasis
  • Sonny Lee (born 2012)son of actor Jason Lee and Ceren Alkac
  • Sonny White (b. 2013)son of musician Jason White of Green Day
  • Sonny Donald Blake (b. 2014)son of actors Hamish Blake & Zoe Foster
  • Lyric Sonny Roads Goldberg (b. 2014)son of Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg
  • Sonny Grigg (b. 2014)son of Australian rules footballer Shaun Grigg
  • Sonny John Ray (b. 2016)son of singer Brooke White and David Ray
  • Otis Sonny David Macdonaldson of Leah Wood & Jack Macdonald

Sonny in Pop Culture

  • Sonny St. Jacquescharacter on TV's 'Laverne & Shirley'
  • Sonny Corinthoscharacteron the American soap General Hospital
  • Sonny Forellivillain of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Santino "Sonny" Corleonecharacter from "The Godfather"
  • Sonny Koufaxcharacter in movie "Big Daddy"
  • Sonny Jooncharacter in HerInteractive's "The Shattered Medallion"
  • Sonnycharacter from the Broadway musical "In The Heights"
  • Sonny Grotowskicharacter in film "Monster's Ball"

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