Bonny

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Bonny

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Bon"ny
Senses
  1. Handsome; beautiful; pretty; attractively lively and graceful."Till bonny Susan sped across the plain." [Gay.]"Far from the bonnie banks of Ayr." [Burns.]
  2. Gay; merry; frolicsome; cheerful; blithe."Be you blithe and bonny." [Shak.]"Report speaks you a bonny monk, that would hear the matin chime ere he quitted his bowl." [Sir W. Scott.]

Etymology: OE. boni, prob. fr. F. bon, fem. bonne, good, fr. L. bonus good. See Bounty, and cf. Bonus Boon

noun Bon"ny
A round and compact bed of ore, or a distinct bed, not communicating with a vein.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Very pleasing to the eye ("my bonny lass" and "there's a bonny bay beyond")
Wiktionary

Middle English boni, probably from Old French bon, feminine bonne (“good”), from Latin bonus (“good”). See bounty, and compare bonus, boon.

    bonny was also found in the following language(s): Scots

    Notable Persons Named Bonny

    Bonny Lee Bakley was a former singer and actress. Bonny was born on June 7th, 1956 in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S. Bonny is also known as Leebonny. She breathed her last breath on May 4th, 2001.

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    Bonny Sengupta is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2014.

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    Bonny Hicks was a catwalk model, writer, and runway (fashion). Bonny was given the name Bonny Susan Hicks on January 5th, 1968 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She died on December 19th, 1997.

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    Bonny Norton is a in the fields of language education, applied linguistics, literacy, and development. Bonny was born in Johannesburg. Bonny is also known as Peirce and Bonny Norton.

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    Bonny was born on April 7th, 1962.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bonny

    Pierret was born in 1895. He died on December 27th, 1944.

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    Miles Bonny is a jazz, rhythm, blues, hip hop music, soul music, and neo soul record producer, singing, trumpet, and disc jockey. He was most active from 2000 to present. Miles was born Miles Bonny on November 7th, 1980.

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    Helen was born in 1921. She died on May 25th, 2010.

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    He has been prominent since 2009. Johan was born on July 10th, 1955.

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    Gurumayum Bonny is an actor and singer. Gurumayum was born in 27 in Imphal.

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    Jan Bonny is a film director, screenplay writer, screenwriter, and film directorandscreenplay writer. His ongoing career started in 2003. Jan was born in 1979 in Düsseldorf.

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    How popular is the baby name Bonny in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1913 11 11 0
    1916 5 5 0
    1917 11 6 5
    1918 17 11 6
    1919 5 5 0
    1920 18 13 5
    1921 9 9 0
    1922 20 15 5
    1923 24 19 5
    1924 29 21 8
    1925 26 21 5
    1926 24 24 0
    1927 25 25 0
    1928 28 28 0
    1929 45 31 14
    1930 33 33 0
    1931 45 35 10
    1932 46 46 0
    1933 55 49 6
    1934 47 38 9
    1935 32 26 6
    1936 52 45 7
    1937 43 36 7
    1938 54 41 13
    1939 50 42 8
    1940 81 81 0
    1941 109 99 10
    1942 101 90 11
    1943 130 124 6
    1944 124 116 8
    1945 89 82 7
    1946 102 102 0
    1947 147 141 6
    1948 123 117 6
    1949 151 146 5
    1950 114 108 6
    1951 202 194 8
    1952 155 148 7
    1953 147 141 6
    1954 159 152 7
    1955 240 240 0
    1956 248 240 8
    1957 248 241 7
    1958 277 269 8
    1959 225 225 0
    1960 191 183 8
    1961 164 164 0
    1962 160 154 6
    1963 130 130 0
    1964 110 110 0
    1965 90 85 5
    1966 92 92 0
    1967 86 86 0
    1968 80 80 0
    1969 111 111 0
    1970 89 89 0
    1971 82 75 7
    1972 59 59 0
    1973 52 52 0
    1974 45 45 0
    1975 47 47 0
    1976 42 42 0
    1977 40 40 0
    1978 44 44 0
    1979 81 81 0
    1980 73 73 0
    1981 70 70 0
    1982 61 61 0
    1983 54 54 0
    1984 51 51 0
    1985 44 44 0
    1986 49 49 0
    1987 35 35 0
    1988 24 24 0
    1989 22 22 0
    1990 30 30 0
    1991 23 23 0
    1992 21 21 0
    1993 22 22 0
    1994 14 14 0
    1995 14 14 0
    1996 11 11 0
    1997 11 11 0
    1998 13 13 0
    1999 5 5 0
    2000 11 11 0
    2001 7 7 0
    2003 10 10 0
    2005 5 5 0
    2006 8 8 0
    2007 8 8 0
    2008 5 5 0
    2013 5 5 0
    2014 6 6 0

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bonny U.S.
      White 50.83% 64.26%
      African American 41.91% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.14% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.97% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bonny

    People with the last name Bonny are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Bonny

    • How Popular is the name Bonny? Bonny is the 3,245th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bonny was the 36,838th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bonny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,433 babies born with the first name Bonny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bonny to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bonny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
    • When was Bonny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bonny is Tuesday, July 1st, 1879.
    • What year had the most people named Bonny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bonny was in 1958 with a total of 269 babies.
    • Random Bonny Factoid: According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bonny is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1943.
    • Weird things about the name Bonny: Your name in reverse order is Ynnob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Onnby. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bonny? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 606 people with the last name Bonny.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bonny? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bonny as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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