Don Ameche’s Rhyming Children

In yesterday’s post about the name Drene, I mentioned actor/entertainer Don Ameche.

Don, born Dominic Felix Amici in 1908, married his wife Honoré in 1932. They had six children:

  • Dominic
  • Ronald
  • Thomas
  • Lawrence
  • Barbara (adopted)
  • Cornelia (adopted)

The kids were known by nicknames, though, and most of those nicknames were perfect rhymes:

  • Donnie
  • Ronnie
  • Tommie
  • Lonnie
  • Bonnie
  • Connie

What do you think about a sibset with rhyming nicknames: yea or nay? (Does it depend upon the size of the sibset?)

Source: Houseman, Victoria. Made in Heaven: The Marriages and Children of Hollywood Stars. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1991.

5 Responses to Don Ameche’s Rhyming Children

  1. Phew….

  2. I actually like it…cutesy when they’re small (or when you want to embarrass them when they’re older) but all the names in full are different and stand on their own. If those were the names on the birth certificate…eh that would be pretty bad.

  3. @jaime – Good point about nicknames vs. legal names.

  4. I think it would make for a lot of confusion. “Donnie, come here. No, not you Tommie, Donnie!”

  5. Yeah, mix-ups like that must have happened constantly in the Ameche household.

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