Peyton Manning Welcomes M&M Twins
Peyton Manning has scored a major touchdown: the birth of twins! The Indianapolis Colts quarterback and his wife, Ashley, became first-time parents to a daughter, Mosley Thompson Manning, and son, Marshall Williams Manning, late last month and kept their baby news quiet until now.
Ladies first, so let's start with Mosley. While it has never appeared on the popular baby names list, Mosley is actually fairly common -- as a surname. Unisex names are trendy and Mosley falls into that category. Her middle name, Thompson, has traditionally been used as a male name (it appeared on the Top-1000 for boys in the 1890s), but is a family name -- it's Ashley's maiden name.
Meanwhile, Marshall, which is of Old French origin meaning "caretaker of horses," is currently ranked at #403. It was at its most popular in the late 1800s, perhaps because of U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, the namesake of four law schools and one university. Like sister Mosley, Marshall’s middle name is a family one. Williams is Peyton's middle name as well has his mother's Olivia Manning's maiden name.
What also jumps out at us is how Peyton and Ashley used the same first letter -- in this case "M" -- for both babies. This is a popular way parents of multiples name their children because it makes them easily match. They complement one another, yet allow each child his or her own identity. Mosley and Marshall also have the double MM initials, which is something nice they can share. And as far as sibsets go, the names flow pretty well together.
In recent years, celebrity parents of twins have largely stayed away from giving their children the same first initials. Neil Patrick Harris, who welcomed his twosome last fall, named his babies Gideon Scott and Harper Grace. Not long before that, Mark McGrath became a father to Lydon Edward and Hartley Grace. Perhaps the most famous young twins right now are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, which aren't a matched sibset either.
It will be interesting to see what Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon do when their mixed gender twins arrive... any minute now. Other popular naming conventions for twins are anagram names (like Lexa and Alex) or mirror names (Nadia and Aidan), so maybe they'll try one of those.
Back to Mosley and Marshall, they aren't the only new additions for the Mannings! Peyton's younger brother Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, and his wife, Abby, welcomed their first child, Ava Frances, a week before the twins arrived. So there will be a whole new generation of Mannings at the next family Super Bowl bash.
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