(101 Posts)
ElBombero Sun 05-May-13 21:16:11

Honest opinion on Sonny? It's either that or George and I'm just feeling that George is too popular. But Sonny was suggested by my DH (who's a boxing fan) and I much admit its growing on me. But is it solid enough for a boys name? X

5madthings Sun 05-May-13 21:17:52

I love it, it was on our list, I know two, one age three and the other age two.

BigBongTheory Sun 05-May-13 21:19:59

How funny. I know someone else who couldn't decide between the two.

I don't really 'get' it as a name. Is it after the sun, is it a form of junior?
I think it seems too much like an adjective to me and not a man's name, just a child's.

It has a nice sound to it though.

diamondsneezer Sun 05-May-13 21:20:18

I love it too. I know one who is 4. I also know a Solly which I love too.

Coconutty Sun 05-May-13 21:20:36

Love it. George is Meh.

Would you consider it as a nickname? For perhaps Solomon? (I love Solomon)

steppemum Sun 05-May-13 21:28:25

really really don't like it, not even indifferent, I think it is awful.
Imagine a grown man called Sonny??

Sorry, you did ask for honesty

ElBombero Sun 05-May-13 21:44:18

No I like honesty!! TBH the only people we know is a friend of my dads who in his 50s called Sonny. And a boxer from why back... Good response, thanks x

thepartysover Sun 05-May-13 21:47:18

I love it. Apparently my friends do too - I know 5 aged between 0 and 4!

(And I certainly could imagine calling a grown man Sonny, for what it's worth smile).

jkklpu Sun 05-May-13 21:48:16

awful - sounds as though a child's parents couldn't be bothered to think up a name

Suzietwo Sun 05-May-13 21:48:38

I don't hate it but I do think I'd go 'urgh' if I heard a friend had called their child it

ElBombero Sun 05-May-13 21:49:03

Oh and meaning is from old Greek origin meaning Wisdom

SilveryMoon Sun 05-May-13 21:49:59

I know a Sonny. He's 6/7. It really suits him.

SoulTrain Sun 05-May-13 21:52:16


George is excellent.

forgetmenots Sun 05-May-13 23:16:41

Sounds too nicknamey for my own taste tbh, but I know a few of different ages and they all wear it well! Love George too, though

raisah Mon 06-May-13 06:29:57

Fine for a boy as a nn but not as a proper name for a man. It doesnt pass the high court judge test for me.

seeker Mon 06-May-13 06:35:44

I always imagine what it would be like to be a young supervisor trying to manage a group of people older than him and being called Sonny.

Remember you are naming a man, not a little boy.

munchkinmaster Mon 06-May-13 06:40:52


Thingymajigs Mon 06-May-13 06:55:40

I love it. Its on our top 5 list. Its growing in popularity so won't be as unusual as people here are making it out to be.

Sleepyfergus Mon 06-May-13 06:55:44

.....and Cher?!

No. I'm not a fan of the name Sonny. It sounds v babyish and as pp have said, not a name for a grown man.

I do like George though. It's popular for good reason! But in actual fact, it's not that common where I live (Edinburgh). <not helpful>

badtime Mon 06-May-13 11:41:15

I really dislike the name Sonny. I can't see it as a name.

ItsYonliMe Mon 06-May-13 12:12:08

Not often I really dislike names - but I don't like Sonny. Feel I'd have to say in in an American accent.

ItsYonliMe Mon 06-May-13 12:12:22

George is cute though.

I love it, George is boring.

I know a Sonny of 18 months and then one of around 30. Suits both of them.

Only thing I would say is (older Sonny) is on DH's football team and whenever the shouts of "Go On Son" start, as they always do with football, he normally jokes that he's trying his best but can't do everything. Obviously they aren't all for him but it does sound like they are. So I imagine whenever you say sentences involving My Son, Sonny... it will sound a bit weird.

RunnerHasbeen Mon 06-May-13 12:55:33

Grayson? Sonny is cute on a wee boy and Gray is quite nice on an adult.

gillywillywoo Mon 06-May-13 12:59:59

Not a fan... Had a Sonny in my year at school and he was the biggest most spoilt little prick ever... So that's kind of put me off.

That aside, I just think George is so much nicer.

TheFunStopsHere Mon 06-May-13 13:14:26

Really dislike. Sonny just seems to me like the parents couldn't even come up with a name - like girlie, or boy.
Not that keen on George either, but definitely better than Sonny.

seeker Mon 06-May-13 15:30:51

Why do people like it?

KittenofDoom Mon 06-May-13 15:44:37

It's dreadful. It's just an old-fashioned generic little-boy-name for use by strangers ("Run along home now, sonny"). Give the child a real name that is suitable for the grown-up that he will soon become.

DebsMorgan Mon 06-May-13 15:56:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dontblameme Mon 06-May-13 18:27:43

My favourite name for a boy! Do it!! <3

seeker Mon 06-May-13 18:35:48

Why do you like it?

ElBombero Mon 06-May-13 21:47:03

Same reason I suppose anyone likes any name. I think it just sounds nice, I like the way it sounds when I say it, it suits our surname, his sisters name, i can imagine a baby, boy and man with that name. And like I said I know a grown man called Sonny, he's a friend of my fathers and I've always liked his quirky but not silly name. I like lots if other popular names Ben being my no.1 but we can't agree on any but Sonny. Hence me putting the feelers out. Think naming a child is just so difficult, obviously, but very difficult when I seem to have such different taste to DH. Our daughter wasn't named for a week. We literally tossed a coin between my chosen name and DH. He won! I struggled with it at first but now I adore it and proud to called her by it. It's not usual, but unpopular and traditional. I have lots of comments about the fact she has a 'proper' name. I'm not bothered too much about people's reaction but inklings that its a nickname would irritate me.

Jaskla Mon 06-May-13 21:49:32

I quite like it.

I know a Sonny in his twenties and it really suits him.

StrangeGlue Mon 06-May-13 21:51:16

I like it and have only ever met one.

Gomez Mon 06-May-13 21:56:26

I have one. Proper marmite name. DH and I both had marvellous, wonderful relatives called Sonny who were like proper grown-ups with jobs and everything grin.

seeker Tue 07-May-13 08:33:57

I think, as I said that, it's very nicknameish.

And I do worry another what it would be like to be a young Sonny trying to manage a team of older people for example. I think we should try not to do things that could make our children's lives even a little bit harder than they need to be. Lots we can't avoid- as my dd said once "mum, you've given me a full house- red hair, freckles, glasses and a posh voice" . I couldn't do anything about any of those 4, but at least I didn't also give her a name that would have made it 5!

PoppyAmex Tue 07-May-13 08:35:22

Sonny and Cher (I think wife beater immediately).

Sorry, that's horrible and I'm in my late thirties so doubt a baby born now would have that association.

PoppyAmex Tue 07-May-13 08:35:46

I meant my association is horrible, not your name. <sigh>

GirlOutNumbered Tue 07-May-13 08:41:07

My DSS is Sonny. It's a great name and I didn't realise it was popular. I don't teach any in a large comp.

GirlOutNumbered Tue 07-May-13 08:41:56

Oh by the way, he has a 'sensible' middle name. Should he choose to be a high court judge.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 07-May-13 08:42:38

Sonny Jim, sorry.

KittenofDoom Tue 07-May-13 11:08:02

Is Jim the "sensible middle name"? shock

sparkle12mar08 Tue 07-May-13 11:31:47


It's an awful name. Sorry, but I hate it.

Gomez Tue 07-May-13 20:37:51

grin. Could have been worse my favourite was Cosmo!

He is also afflicted with a short gene, a ginger 'fro and clearly a mad mother.

I'm sure he will cope.

LentilAsAnything Wed 08-May-13 02:25:26

I love it. For options, you could give him a longer name like:

and use Sonny as the nickname.

LittleMissLucy Wed 08-May-13 03:24:00

well I'd say George but that's only because I was at university with a very slutty girl called Sonny with very badly dyed hair. And I didn't like her, obviously.

pinkpiggy Wed 08-May-13 04:06:31

It is a very popular name where I am- there are 3 in my DS's Reception class! I must say I really don't like the name and much prefer George.

bootsycollins Wed 08-May-13 10:53:15

I know 2 Sonnys ones in his 50's and the other in his 60's, it's a cool name I love it.

thermalsinapril Wed 08-May-13 10:58:15

Agree with a longer name with Sonny as nickname.


ElBombero Wed 08-May-13 22:19:03

Thanks Guys. Don't really like any of the extended names yet but it is a good idea, DH not keen and would prefer Sonny

LentilAsAnything Wed 08-May-13 22:33:10

Santiago? Santino?

LentilAsAnything Wed 08-May-13 22:34:02

Sonny Bono was Salvatore.
Maybe it can work for many names beginning with S!

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Wed 08-May-13 22:35:39

Dreadful, sorry.

Imagine it on a grown man's cv.

LentilAsAnything Wed 08-May-13 22:35:40
LentilAsAnything Wed 08-May-13 22:36:48

FlipFlops, didn't seem to do this lot any harm:

miffybun73 Wed 08-May-13 22:37:22

Love George, not so keen on Sonny, just don't see it as a "name", more a nickname.

ElBombero Wed 08-May-13 23:19:39

Thanks Lentil

I said I liked it earlier, but after being asked by seeker I actually thought about why I liked it.

I like the name Sonny because to me it sounds cheerful and happy. It evokes a sort of youthful charm which is a quality I think all men should have, that cheeky charming chap characteristic, someone with a twinkle in their eye.

George has dead eyes (I joke).

KittenofDoom Thu 09-May-13 00:24:44

Having clicked on quite a few "Sonnys" from the wiki list linked above, every one so far has been a nickname, and not the original given name.

ElBombero Thu 09-May-13 08:00:45

Awww tigold lovely description.

Floggingmolly Thu 09-May-13 08:04:34

My dad was known as Sonny all his life. Her actual name is quite different; he was named after his father. BigBongTheory is right; it's a recognised form of junior, quite bizarre to make it a name in it's own right.

usualsuspect Thu 09-May-13 08:15:00

I like it, cool name

And just lol at the high court judge comments.

usualsuspect Thu 09-May-13 08:16:43

Oh and George is dreadful

littletingoddess Thu 09-May-13 08:37:16

I also agree with choosing a longer name and then using Sonny as a shorter nickname, so that the DS can choose when he is older. However, the first Sonny that springs to mind is of the Corleone variety, so it's probably not a name I would choose myself, IYSWIM.

DawnOfTheDee Thu 09-May-13 08:43:56

I love it and considered it for DD (before we knew she was a DD btw!). We liked it because off the character Sonny from The Godfather (James Caan's character) the film it's short for Santino.

DawnOfTheDee Thu 09-May-13 08:45:50

^of not off!

SisterMaryStigmata Thu 09-May-13 08:47:38

We almost went for Samson with nn Sonny. I really like it, but didn't think it suited DS2 when he arrived.

thermalsinapril Thu 09-May-13 09:08:13


Littlehousesomewhere Thu 09-May-13 09:34:22

I love it and don't think it should be just a nickname to a "proper" first name. Sonny is enough in my opinion. Though I think Sonny Bill Williams (new zealand rugby player) may make me biased wink

Though I do think it depends on the surname though, as I think some surnames would just sound silly next to it.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 09:40:44

But it's a generic nickname for a little boy!

Would you call a child Laddie? Or Lassie? Or Ducky? Or Pet? or Young-feller-me-lad?

Littlehousesomewhere Thu 09-May-13 09:45:26

Op I just read the other posts and I really think you should go with sonny as long as it goes well with your last name. I don't think George is nearly as nice.

Littlehousesomewhere Thu 09-May-13 09:49:22

Well names like John, Harry, johnny and Jane are all used to describe "generic people" and are still popular so I don't think that makes much difference.

bootsycollins Thu 09-May-13 09:54:01

tigold spot on, both (grown up successful careers) Sonnys I know are a pair of characters with a twinkle in their eye, a ready laugh and bags of charisma.

I love the name George as well but if your hearts set on Sonny then go for it, gorgeous name.

Floggingmolly Thu 09-May-13 10:06:51

both Sonnys I know are a pair of characters with a twinkle in their eye, a ready laugh and bags of charisma
I don't think giving a child a name actually imbues them with a whole pre ordained character / personality confused
Plenty of John's, Toby's, etc. will be just the same.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 11:48:22

Maybe they've had to be like that to survive? Just a thought.......

KittenofDoom Thu 09-May-13 12:11:12

And I bet in both cases Sonny is not their given name. Perhaps they acquired the nn because of their characters.

DebsMorgan Thu 09-May-13 13:46:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PoppyAmex Thu 09-May-13 14:12:11

"It evokes a sort of youthful charm which is a quality I think all men should have, that cheeky charming chap characteristic..."

See, I can't stand the "cheeky charming chap type". Horses for courses, like everything else in life grin

Are all Sonnys successful?

DoingItForMyself Thu 09-May-13 14:17:53

I love it, there's a Sonny in our family and to me it isn't too cute & babyish for an older boy, especially if you do as suggested by a couple of posters and maybe name him with a longer name xxxxson then he can choose when he's older. I like Grayson FWIW.

usualsuspect Thu 09-May-13 16:02:06

Sonny isn't even a particularly out there name.

I'd love to know where some of you live to think it is.

5madthings Thu 09-May-13 16:21:22

I wonder as well usual its getting more popular in 2010 it was just outside the top 100 boys names and has gone up sincd then.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 17:56:38

It's not even remotely "out there". However, it is like calling your child Ducky or Lil' Man.

usualsuspect Thu 09-May-13 18:28:13

Nah. It's a perfectly fine name in its own right.

Might not fit the MN baby name criteria, but that's a good thing imo.

thegreylady Thu 09-May-13 19:05:40

I know two boys named Sonny-one is six and one is 9.I prefer George but there isn't much wrong with Sonny though I can't really see it on a cool young 20/30 year old but there are so many of them about nowadays it will be quite normal when they grow up.

OscarIsABookworm Thu 09-May-13 19:10:27

Good name. George is a boring name.

5madthings Thu 09-May-13 19:18:19

So sonny will make life hard but George is fine, I mean no-onehas heard if the nursery rhyme Georgie porgie pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry...

They are both fine names and I know children and adults called both who seem happy with their names.

I am not sure that mnet judgment tallies up with RL tbh. There isn't this much angst in RL.

Its funny a while ago there was a thread about my dd's name and people on here said it meant/associated with drunk and too cheerful etc yet at the moment it seems to be on everyone's name lists on mnet and gets lots of positive comments. I would rather it didn't have the mnet seal of approval I think....

Ds4s name gets very negative replies on mnet, too 'rude' and a criminal name etc... Yet there are several famous people with his name and on BBC news the other day there was a UN spokesperson with his name, it didn't appear to have done him any harm. Nor the 60 + yr old locally I know with the same name who was thrilled to meet a child with the same name.

Locketjuice Thu 09-May-13 19:23:08

It's my nephews name smile

CPtart Thu 09-May-13 19:34:58

I know one of 9yrs. Not keen.

seeker Thu 09-May-13 19:59:29

Just imagine being a middle aged woman called, say, Girly. Now imagine bing a middle aged man called Sonny.

5madthings Thu 09-May-13 20:18:06

Sonny is an actual,name tho and has been legally used as a first name since 1927, and was occasionally used before then as well. It has suffered various surges in popularity such as in the 1970s and is again on the rise.

Girly has not been used as a name.

You seem quite intent that it will be a problem seeker but I and others on this thread know adults with this name who are perfectly happy with their name and have encountered no problems at all.

LentilAsAnything Thu 09-May-13 20:45:04

Oh, seeker! It's not the same at all!
People have names like Johnny (condom), Dick (penis), Willy (penis), Pat (cow poo), and they get by just fine. Sonny is bright and fabulous.

apatchylass Thu 09-May-13 20:49:06

I love it (also love George though. Sonny was DS1s first nickname. All the nurses in hospital called him it - they thought it was his real name. Was just thinking the other day how lovely it is. Wish he'd kept it.

Both gorgeous.

Slothlorien Thu 09-May-13 20:52:42

What about Sunny?

ElBombero Thu 09-May-13 22:08:24

We're going for it! Deffo grin

LentilAsAnything Fri 10-May-13 00:04:01

Yippee! Congratulations! smile

ElBombero Fri 10-May-13 03:27:59

Thanks lentil, I think this has been a good test of my love for the name. And my reservations about it have kinda been dispersed with the good comments. The main argument seems to be its a boys name and not a mans but that was never an issue for me as I know an elder Sonny.

"It is cheerful and happy... Evokes youthful charm, the cheeky charming chap quality" was put perfectly. It's a happy name, it makes me smile and I am sure it's gonna right for us. If its a boy.

If not its Belle.

grin Yay glad that can be shelved. Thanks guys x

DebsMorgan Fri 10-May-13 08:03:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

serendipity16 Fri 10-May-13 09:03:54

I've been following this thread for the last few days.

I think you've made a brilliant choice.

A very good friend is called Sonny and he's in his 30s now, when i had my 2nd son, i named him Sonny too after my friend.
When i moved to our new house, found there was another Sonny here too, he must be about 14yrs old now.

Sonny suits my son and my friend perfectly. They are both actually really happy go luck people, both cheeky and both love their names.
My friend was over the moon i'd named my son after him.

Btw - nothing wrong with George either, its one of my other sons middle names.

LentilAsAnything Fri 10-May-13 17:20:47

I'm glad this thread was useful for you.
You can't please all of the people all of the time. x

bootsycollins Sat 11-May-13 08:33:32

Excellent choice thanks

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