"beautiful, cheerful"

Bonnie Origin and Meaning

The name Bonnie is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "beautiful, cheerful".

Bonnie is an adorable nickname name, heading back up the popularity list after a 50-year nap. A Top 100 girls' name throughout the rest of the English-speaking world, Americans are later to jump on the Bonnie bandwagon but now it's trending here too.

Bonnie is a word the Scots really do use for pretty, thus the root of this name, from the French bonne. Along with Betty and Bea, Bonnie, is one of the vintage girls' names starting with Bthat are back in.

Gone With the Wind gave Bonnie a big push when Scarlett and Rhett used it for their daughter. Her full name was Eugenie Victoria, but the pet name came from the fact that she had "eyes as blue as the bonnie blue flag."

Bonnie's last moment in the limelight came in the late sixties with the film Bonnie and Clyde, about outlaw Bonnie Parker. Now after a long decline, it's finally showing new signs of life, perhaps thanks to the Bonnies in The Vampire Diaries and The Hunger Games, as well as a new miniseries about the 1930s-era bandits.

# 502 in the US

Bonnie Rank in US Top 1000

# 159 on Nameberry

Bonnie Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Bonnie Popularity

Famous People Named Bonnie

  • Bonita Melody Lysette "Bonnie" LangfordEnglish actress
  • Bonita "Bonnie" LythgoeEnglish dancer and TV personality
  • Bonnie Lynn BernsteinAmerican sportscaster
  • Bonnie Kathleen BlairAmerican Olympic speed skater
  • Bonnie Bramlett (born Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell)American singer
  • Bonnie Joanne Chapmandaughter of Dog Chapman and Beth Barmore
  • Bonnie Bedelia CulkinAmerican actress
  • Bonnie DobsonCanadian folk singer
  • Bonnie GruesenAmerican actress/singer
  • Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham)American country music singer
  • Bonnie Lynne HuntAmerican actress
  • Bonnie Lee (born Jessie Lee Frealls)American R&B singer
  • Bonnie Lou (born Mary Joan Kath)American rock and country singer
  • Bonnie Leigh McKeeAmerican singer
  • Bonnie OwensAmerican country singer
  • Bonnie Elizabeth ParkerAmerican outlaw
  • Bonnie PoeAmerican voice actress
  • Bonnie Lynn RaittAmerican blues singer,songwriter
  • Bonnie RideoutAmerican fiddler
  • Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins)Welsh singer
  • Bonnie Francesca WrightEnglish actress
  • Bonnie ZacherleAmerican illustrator and designer
  • Patricia Eva "Bonnie" PointerAmerican R&B singer
  • Phillomena Alecia "Bonnie" MealingAustralian Olympic swimmer
  • Bonnie (Griffiths) HoelleinAmerican family vlogger
  • Bonnie Gillilanddaughter of actors Jean Smart and Richard Gilliland
  • Bonnie Bella Jordan (b. 2016)daughter of musician and reality TV personality Stevie J ("Love & Hip Hop Atlanta")
  • Bonnie Prince Charlienickname for the male Jacobite pretender to the British throne
  • Bonnie Fraservocalist of Australian pop,punk band Stand Atlantic

Bonnie in Pop Culture

  • Bonnie Bennettcharacter on "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Bonniecharacter on "The Craft"
  • Bonnie Lisboncharacter on "The Virgin Suicides"
  • Bonniecharacter in Pokemon XY
  • Bonniecharacter in "The Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins
  • Bonniecharacter in "The Walking Dead"
  • Bonniecharacter on "Friends"
  • Bonniecharacter on "Scrubs"
  • Bonnie Andersoncharacter in "Toy Story 3"
  • Bonnie the Bunnycharacter in "Five Nights at Freddy's"
  • Bonnie Browncharacter in "The Berenstain Bears"
  • Bonnie Howardcharacter in "Heartaches"
  • Bonnie Malloycharacter on "Life with Bonnie"
  • Bonnie Rockwallercharacter on "Kim Possible"
  • Bonnie Rosecharacter in "Keeping the Faith"
  • Bonnie Winterbottomcharacter on "How to Get Away with Murder"
  • Bonnie Silvercharacter in "Dragons in Our Midst" series by Bryan Davis
  • Bonnie Swansoncharacter on "Family Guy"
  • Eugenie Victoria "Bonnie Blue" Butlercharacter in "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
  • "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" traditional Scottish song
  • Bonnie Wheelercharacter on TV's "Baby Daddy"
  • Bonnie Greenone of the two heroines of Joan Aiken's "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase"
  • Bonnie Brindlecharacter on “Small Wonder”