I'm pregnant with my surprise Baby #3 I already have two boys. We have always had an easy time picking out boy names and pretty much set on the name if it is a boy but when it comes to the girl name we can't agree.


I just love the name Sonni-Kate but my husband is on the fence about it. Whould like so input on what others think?

Our sons are named Cash and Colt.


February 19, 2014 4:33 PM

To me the name Sonny is a boys name no matter the way you spell it. I would use Sunny instead as it looks more like a girl to me. I like Kate though.

February 19, 2014 4:15 PM

I think Sonni-Kate or Sunny-Kate (or just Sunny) makes a cute nickname, especially for a bright and happy little girl, but it doesn't feel like a full name to me. I have trouble seeing it on an adult woman or on a resume, which I think is important because she will be an adult most of her life.

I'd say, pick a full name that leads to the nickname Sonni or Sunny (I perfer Sunny, both because it's the more familiar spelling and because "son" usually indicates a boy), or perhaps reverse the order (Katherine Sonni, called Sonni, or Katherine Sunny?)

Some names that might get you to a Sonni-Kate nickname (some are more of a stretch than others!):

Sunday Katherine

Marisol Katherine

Summer Katherine

Sonia Katherine

Susan Katherine

Susannah Katherine

Solange Katherine

Solana Katherine

Soleil Katherine

Aurelia Katherine (Aurelia means golden, like the sun)

Cash and Colt both have a bit of a western feel to me, so perhaps Susannah Katherine? Or, because Cash and Colt are both nouns-turned-into-names, perhaps Summer Katherine?

February 19, 2014 10:01 PM

I love the idea of Susannah Katherine or even Susannah Kate.

We have an Ev@ngeline K@thryn that goes by Ev!e K@te most of the time. :-)

February 19, 2014 5:00 PM

ugh, I'm sorry but I think its awful. It seems like a cartoon character or something.

I really like the boys names.. maybe a girls name that coordinates more with those. Hth!

February 19, 2014 5:15 PM

I think the style works well with your two boys' names, and it has a cute sound. It sounds like a jingle saying the names together (Cash, Colt, and Sonni-Kate). :)

February 19, 2014 6:11 PM

I agree with others that it doesn't feel like a real or complete name to me.  I really like the idea of making Sonni-Kate (or better, Sunny-Kate) a nickname out of that great list.

If you do decide to make Sunny Kate or Sonni Kate the name though, I'd suggest no hyphen because it gives her more flexibility.  And if she ends up hating her name as too childish or unusual, she'll always have the option of going by just Kate, which I can say from experience is a fantastic name for an adult woman. :-)

February 22, 2014 8:05 PM

I agree with not hypenating it, if you choose it as the full name.

By mk
February 19, 2014 7:06 PM

Sonni-Kate is ok, but prefer the idea of using it as a nickname for something. I like the suggestions of Sonia, Soleil, and Susanna.

By jmay
February 19, 2014 10:33 PM

My brain tries to read it as Sonic Kate...but that could be because my three year old is having a Sonic the Hedgehog phase. I'm not sure the name works. To me it sounds as though Sunny describes Kate instead of being part of the name. Similar to Gloomy-Gus or Smiley-Anne... 


With your sons names I'd be tempted to stick with just Kate. Cash, Colt & Kate (or Cate) is a pretty seamless sibset :-)

February 23, 2014 12:58 PM

I love the suggestion of Cate-with-a-C!  Maybe Sunny or even Sunshine or something similar could be used as the middle name?  That way you could still call her Sunny-Cate as a family nickname, but she'd have something a little more grown-up sounding for use as an adult.


February 23, 2014 12:31 AM

In my accent, this sounds EXACTLY like the word "sonicate," as in "to disrupt (as bacterial cells) by exposure to high-frequency sound wave" (M-W definition). 

Perhaps in my profession as a biologist I encountered this more often than the average person (as in "sonicated salmon sperm DNA"), but with the advent of ultra-sonic toothbrushes with glossy marketing campaigns I think this is not quite relegated to science jargon, either.

I think if I heard a little girl named Sonni-Kate, I'd immediately feel compelled to crack a joke about her having a good set of lungs and a particularly piercing pitch. I'd probably manage to swallow that impulse, but I'd definitely think it, and it would become dinnertable conversation fodder for sure.

February 23, 2014 1:00 PM

Not a biologist, and not familiar with the word sonicate, but I did think Sonni-Kate sounded like Sonic Ate, so I can see how people familiar with the sonicate would get there.

February 27, 2014 4:12 AM

I've looked at your post a couple of times and thought I agreed with most of the others - that Sonni-Kate didn't seem like a "full name." Also, I am not a fan of hyphens - and the third and possibly last child is a girl and it seems you want a boy's name for her.

Okay, but you and I have different styles, so when I look at the three names together, really it's not bad at all. I like Cash because of Johnny, but I think of Colt as a gun or horse. But those are their names and not uncommon.

So, I say if you want Sonni-Kate - I'm sure that will be cute on her. And those of us who prefer more formal names - even in the "unique" catogory, she will know many people her age with names that us "old folks" wouldn't care for now - but would seem perfectly fine 20 years from now.

If you love Sonni-Kate - hyphen, spelling and all, then go for it.

Good luck!