The name Bonnie ranked 88th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
Before unification with England, Scotland maintained close ties with France, a traditional enemy of the English. The term ''bonnie'' was developed by the Scots from a word borrowed from their sometime allies.
In America, use of Bonnie as a name was influenced by Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone With the Wind. Scarlett and Rhett's daughter was named after the popular Confederate tune ''The Bonnie Blue Flag,'' and Americans North and South followed suit.
Campers remember the name every time they sing ''My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.'' This pleasant association counterbalances that of the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde, which portrayed (and romanticized) the real-life crimes of 1930s gangster Bonnie Parker.