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Gender: M Meaning of Sonny: "son" Origin of Sonny: Nickname for "son" Sonny's Popularity in 2016: #842

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), 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.

Famous People Named Sonny

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono, American singer and U.S. Congressman from California
Charles L. "Sonny" Liston, American boxer
Sonny William "Sonny Bill" Williams, New Zealand rugby player
Sonny Douglas Gray, American baseball pitcher
Edward "Sonny" Stitt, American jazz saxophonist
Walter Theodore "Sonny" Rollins, American jazz tenor saxophonist
Edwin Bradfield Liloa "Sonny" Chillingworth, American guitarist
George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue III, American politician; 81st Governor of Georgia
Sonny John Moore aka Skrillex, American electronic music producer
Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke aka Sonny Digital, American rapper

Pop Culture References for the name Sonny

Sonny St. Jacques, character on TV's 'Laverne & Shirley'
Sonny Corinthos, characteron 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, character in movie "Big Daddy"
Sonny Joon, character in HerInteractive's "The Shattered Medallion"
Sonny, character from the Broadway musical "In The Heights"
Sonny Grotowski, character in film "Monster's Ball"
Sonny Ashcroft (b. 2000), son 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 Gallagher, son 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 Macdonald, son of Leah Wood & Jack Macdonald

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