The Making of Mitt Romney
The Boston Globe
The new child's unusual name was in tribute to two special men in his father's life: J. Willard Marriott, a family friend and future hotel magnate, and Milton 'Mitt' Romney, a cousin of George's and a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears. But by the time the boy reached kindergarten, it was simply Mitt. At left, Mitt's brother, Scott, held a birthday cake at their home in Detroit.
The new child's unusual name was in tribute to two special men in his father's life: J. Willard Marriott, a family friend and future hotel magnate, and Milton "Mitt" Romney, a cousin of George's and a former quarterback for the Chicago Bears. But by the time the boy reached kindergarten, it was simply Mitt.

At left, Mitt's brother, Scott, held a birthday cake at their home in Detroit.
(Provided by The Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan )