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For other uses, see Bonnie (disambiguation).
Pronunciation /ˈbɒni/ BON-ee
Gender [female only]
Word/name Scottish, Latin
Meaning Pretty, Attractive, Good
Other names
Related names Bonita, Bonbon

Bonnie, Bonny or Bonne is a given name commonly used for female. It comes from the Scottish word "bonnie" meaning "pretty, attractive", which was itself derived from Middle French bonne "good" as a way to describe a fair, good and beautiful girl. That is in turn derived from the Latin word "bonus" meaning good. The name can also be used as a pet form of Bonita. Bonnie is often used as a nickname or a form of endearment towards a loved one.


It is phonetically related to many eastern traditions such as Bon in Tibet the ancient religion preceding Buddhism and the Bon Festival in Japan.

Bonnie is the main character in the Scottish folk song "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean". It was covered by The Beatles a year after their formation in 1961, peaking at #5 in a German chart. Legend suggests the album My Bonnie played a role in their early recognition and later success.[citation needed]

Bonnie the orangutan was noted for her musical abilities, namely whistling.

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