How popular is the baby name Lonnie in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Lonnie and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Lonnie.
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:
- Barbara (adopted)
- Cornelia (adopted)
The kids were known by nicknames, though, and most of those nicknames were perfect rhymes:
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.
I only recently noticed that Behind the Name, one of my favorite websites for baby name definitions, has a page called United States Popularity Analysis — a “computer-created analysis of the United States top 1000 names for the period 1880 to 2012.”
The page has some interesting top ten lists. Here are three of them:
I wonder what the formulas were. I’d love to try the same analysis on the SSA’s full list, using raw numbers instead of rankings. Wonder how much overlap there’d be…
Annette Funicello, the most popular member of the original Mickey Mouse Club (1955-1959), passed away a couple of days ago.
Seeing her name in the news made me think about the other original Mouseketeers, most of whom were born in the early to mid-1940s (making them teens in the late 1950s). If you’re looking for a baby name reminiscent of sock hops and soda fountains, the first batch of Mouseketeers is not a bad place to start:
- Annette Funicello (b. 1942)
- Thanks to Funicello’s fame, the baby name Annette saw a drastic rise in usage during the latter half of the 1950s.
- Billie Beanblossom (b. 1944)
- Bonita “Bonnie” Lynn Fields (b. 1944)
- Bonni Lou Kern (b. 1941)
- Bronson Scott* (b. 1947)
- Charles “Charlie” Laney (b. 1943)
- Cheryl Holdridge (b. 1944) – who went on to marry Lance Reventlow
- Carl “Cubby” O’Brien (b. 1946)
- Dallas Johann (b. 1944)
- Darlene Gillespie (b. 1941)
- Dennis Day (b. 1942)
- Joseph Richard “Dickie” Dodd (b. 1945)
- Don Agrati (b. 1944)
- Donald “Don” Underhill (b. 1941)
- Doreen Tracey (b. 1943)
- Eileen Diamond (b. 1943)
- John “Johnny” Crawford (b. 1946)
- John Joseph “Jay-Jay” Solari (b. 1943)
- (John) Lee Johann (b. 1942)
- Judy Harriet (b. 1942)
- Karen Pendleton (b. 1946)
- Larry Larsen (b. 1939)
- Linda Hughes (b. 1946)
- Leonard “Lonnie” Burr (b. 1943)
- (Lowrey) Lynn Ready* (b. 1944)
- Margene Storey (b. 1942)
- Mark Sutherland (b. 1944)
- Mary Espinosa (b. 1945)
- Mary Sartori (b. 1943)
- Mickey Rooney, Jr. (b. 1945)
- Michael “Mike” Smith (b. 1945)
- Nancy Abbate (b. 1942)
- (William) Paul Petersen (b. 1945)
- Robert “Bobby” Burgess (b. 1941)
- Ronald “Ronnie” Steiner (b. 1942)
- Sharon Baird (b. 1942)
- Sharyn “Sherry” Alberoni (b. 1946)
- Timothy “Tim” Rooney (b. 1947)
- Thomas “Tommy” Cole (b. 1941)
*Bronson Scott was a girl; Lynn Ready was a boy.
Which of the above names are your favorite(s)?
Sources: Girl next door Annette Funicello dies at 70, The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show