Politics

ETYMOLOGY

What's in a Name? Football and Hotels

Raise your hand if you knew that Mitt Romney's given name was actually Willard Milton. Anyone? Both names honor men close to Romney's father, former Michigan Governor George W. Romney. Mitt--short for Milton--comes from a cousin who played quarterback for the Chicago Bears from 1925 to '29. And Willard is derived from the elder Romney's close friend and fellow Mormon J. Willard Marriott, who founded the eponymous hotel chain.

Other famous Willards:

WILLARD SCOTT

WILLARD (WILL) SMITH

J. WILLARD MARRIOTT

DOUBLE TAKE

Oh, to be a mind reader. On Nov. 26, President George...

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