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Gender: Female Meaning of Sonnet: "little song" Origin of Sonnet: English from Italian

The name Sonnet is a girl's name meaning "little song". Sonnet and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Could there be a more poetic name than Sonnet? Actor Forest Whitaker was inspired to choose it for his daughter.

The word sonnet derives from the Italian sonetto, meaning 'little song.' And although Shakespeare is the most acclaimed master of this fourteen-line form, there have been many other accomplished sonneteers, including Milton, Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Other names beyond Sonnet that can work for the child of a writer or book-lover: Story, Poet, Fable.

Find other names based on Sonnet using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Sonnet

Sonnet Noel Whitaker (b. 1996), daughter of actor Forest Whitaker
Ewa Sonnet (born Beata Kornelia Dąbrowska), Polish model and singer

Pop Culture References for the name Sonnet


Tora Says:


Just discovered this on Nameberry today and I think it's really beautiful and unique! I definitely consider it more unisex than exclusively a girls name though.

clairels Says:


Thanks for sharing! Your name is lovely. Personally, I think the nickname Nettie is pointless anyway. It isn't even shorter than the name so why bother? (Not like Sonic is great, either...)

clairels Says:


I went to grad school with a girl named Sonnet, and she was even a poet! I thought it was lovely and appropriate.

Sonnet Says:


Ok my name is sonnet and can I please just advise everybody to think critically about naming your kid this. I love my name, its amazing and unique, but there are things you should consider. 1) It sounds like sonic. as in the hedgehog. This was my nickname for all of elementary school. 2) Nobody will ever call your kid "nettie" it just doesnt happen 3) More often than not people think my name is spelled with 2 T's. I dont know how that would affect your decision about the spelling but keep it in mind. Anyways its a great name and your kid will always Always be asked if their parents are poets.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Middle name potential certainly but I don't see this working as a full any time soon.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think all the recent literary word names are silly, but Sonnet seems a little more acceptable for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. It's all just a matter of my opinion, though. Obviously most people will think differently.

Jo Jo Says:


Sonnet, nn Nettie, LOVE

JessicaRK467 Says:


I know a woman named Sonnet Apple. She is an artist and pulls her name off well. I did think it was different at first but it suits her.

ElsaAnne Says:


Nickname Nettie makes this even cuter!

ThistleThorn Says:


This is a little out there for my taste, but I would maybe use it as a middle name.

servals_ Says:


Is it just me that thinks this could be cute as a boys name too, with the nn Sonny?

esme716 Says:


Lovely word name.

Guest Says:


I adore Sonnet! Or Sonnett with two t's like Scarlett.