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Gender: M Meaning of Mitt: "settlement with a mill" Origin of Mitt: Nickname for Milton

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If you'd like to name your baby after Gov. Romney, Mitt isn't it: his birth name is Willard. Mitt is an inherited nickname from Milton Romney, a favorite cousin of his father's who was a Chicago Bears quarterback in the 1920's.

The Romney unusual nickname tradition continues with Mitt's son Tagg, born Taggart-- offering serious competition to the Palin family.

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Willard Mitt Romney (his actual birth name), former governor of Massachusetts and 2012 U.S. (Republican) Presidential candidate; he went by Billy until Kindergarten, when he expressed that he would rather be called by his middle name, Mitt.

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