Anglo-Saxon in origin, Sonny is a boy’s name that means, perhaps unsurprisingly, “son.” Sonny originated as a nickname, whether to refer to a boy child or as a diminutive of names such as Salvatore, Santino, or even Emerson. It is perhaps most famously the name of Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, one half of the iconic pop duo Sonny & Cher. With so much history and pop culture to give it its charm, Sonny can easily be used as a snappy given name.

Famous People Named Sonny

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  • Sonny Liston
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