The name Bonnie is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "beautiful, cheerful". Bonnie is ranked #697 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Happy and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".
From the experts:
Bonnie is a word the Scots really do use for pretty, thus the root of this name, from the French bonne. Bonnie is teetering on the edge of a comeback right now, along with Betty and Bea one of the girls' names starting with Bthat are so far out they're heading back in, especially in the UK.
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.
Lists containing Bonnie:
- Names That Mean Beautiful
- Names That Mean Happy
- Names with Uplifting Meanings
- Designer Baby Names
- Hunger Games Baby Names
- Midcentury Baby Names
- Disney Baby Names
- Names Inspired by The Beatles
- Top 1940s Baby Names
- Top 1950s Baby Names
- Cool Cowgirl Names
- Wild Western Names for Dogs