Peyton Manning Welcomes Twins Marshall and Mosley

04/09/2011 at 08:00 PM ET
Cathy Kightlinger/The Indianapolis Star/AP

It looks like Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has two new little fans: fraternal twinsย Marshall Williams and Mosley Thompson!

The four-time NFL MVP, 35, and his wife of 10 years, Ashley, welcomed the baby boy and girl on Thursday, March 31 in Indianapolis, according to The Neshoba Democrat, the hometown paper of Manning’s mom, Olivia Manning.

Reps for his team tell PEOPLE they don’t have any information about the twins, and Manning’s rep could not be reached for comment.

The twins, who are couple’s first children, will also have a very special playmate: Manning’s younger brother, Eli —ย quarterback for the New York Giants —ย welcomed a baby girl, Ava Frances, with his wife Abby on March 21.

— Alison Schwartz

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Cortney on

Wow! Love Peyton!

Mallory on

Whoa, what a surprise! Didn’t he say he never wanted kids? And 10 days after his brother, too! How fun! Congrats to the family!

Bri on

Which baby is the boy/girl ?

Abi on

Congratulations to them!! Did they name the girl Mosely??

pam on

I read this last week and posted it under the announcement that Eli had a baby. I am glad it finally made it to this site. Not sure if I like such a masculine name for a little girl – but I guess it has some meaning to them. Congratulations!

martina on

What? Was Ashley pregnant with twins and keeping it a secret? Was it known? Or did a surrogate carry their twins? Congratulations to the Manning family regardless.

Allegra on

Haha this is for all the people who said anything about Peyton and his wife not wanting babies!

saydee on

How fabulous for Peyton & Ashley! Many blessings to them!
btw, I love Ashley’s dress in this picture. What a pretty color on her!

Cortney on

Abi – its a southern tradition to name first borns the last name of the mother so maybe either Mosley or Thompson is Ashleys maiden name?

Jillian on

Allegra, I thought the same thing. People were on that thread defending Peyton saying he didn’t want kids and I was like, hmmm… Really? You know this, how?

Serena on

such exciting news!! Congratulations!! And, I agree with Allegra … all of those talking about how they didn’t want kids!

Jillian on

I will say, I am surprised that this site posted the article since Ashley issued a statement asking for privacy and wouldn’t confirm the birth of their children. I assumed People Magazine would be respectful and respect the wishes when parents don’t want press about children.

Kim on

Omg I didn’t even know they were expecting! That’s so exciting. Congrats!

Luna on

Not to be rude because I’m thrilled for them, but I cannot tell which baby is the boy and which is the girl. In fact, I thought to myself, ‘wow, maybe they’ll have a third boy and be like his father.’ And then I read boy and girl. And the M’s are a little much. But I’m so happy for them, especially since little baby Ava was born only a few days before Marshall and Mosley! That’s adorable. Congratulations Peyton and Olivia on your new angels.

Stephanie on

This is wonderful news! I love that Peyton is so quiet about his personal life. I am a Colts fan and didn’t even know this. This is exciting! Congrats Peyton and Ashley! Ashley’s maiden name was Thompson.

Mel on

In defense of Peyton (sorry I am a Colts fan lol) I think he said he didnt want kids until he was at a point in his career where he would not miss out on their childhood. Makes me wonder if there is a retirement in his near future! Congrats on the babies! That was a very well kept secret for sure! I think he will make a pretty cool dad!

Selena on

I’m must be really stupid but I think Mosley is a boys’ name? Congrats to Peyton and Ashley on the twins!

Shawna on

Mosley? I’m assuming that’s the girl? What in the world were they thinking??? I’m sorry, but that is one of the most horribl girls names I’ve heard in a long time. And won’t she feel great growing up with a cousin with a beautiful name like Ava.

mks on

@Luna My guess would be that Marshall is the boy and Mosley is the girl. I kinda agree having the first and last name of both start with M could be a bit of a mouthful.

Congrats to the Manning family!

Terri on

I remember someone mentioning that they didn’t want kids in the other thread. I guess not! Congratulations to them.

Tess on

I had no idea he was even married until I read the birth announcement on another forum a few days ago. Thompson is apparently his wife’s maiden name.

Mallory on

According to the newspaper’s online article, Marshall is the boy and Mosley is the girl…Besides, there are tons of boy Marshalls, have you EVER met a girl named Marshall?

Terri on

And there are so many pretty girls’ names that begin with M. But this was there choice and it is different indeed.

JMO on

yeah Mosley is the girl then given her the middle name Thompson, ick!! But to each their own!

Romy on

I wonder why this was such a secret? surrogate or other situation or baby not healthy or something? Hopefully everyone is great and healthy. I didn’t think he was much of the family man guy, more the typical pro athelete.

October on

Congrats to them!

I’ll admit, I find the extreme privacy odd. They don’t owe anyone pictures or information, but refusing to even confirm it themselves seems over the top. Peyton makes millions in a fan-driven profession. Accepting such a job does mean that people will be curious about the most basic of details.

megan on

Marshall is the boy and Mosley is the little girl. Ashley’s maiden name is Thompson. they kept it secret because both are private people in their personal life. Indianapolis is the perfect location for them to get away with this. Many people knew but didn’t make a big deal out of it or blab to the media.

Allison J on

Congrats to this family! Mosley is not my choice for a girl’s name, and neither is “Thompson,” but if they like it, it’s all that matters.

Glad the babies are doing well!

Indira on

I like the name Mosley a lot but to give her a masculine middle name as well is awful imo. They both look way older than 35, also. Suncreen people.

Taylor on

I didn’t see this one coming either! Goodness odd announcements today! First thing I thought of was the comment on Eli’s announcement about Peyton not wanting kids. Obviously that was false! Congrats Peyton and Ashley on Marshall and Mosley!

Coraline on

Wow, congrats! I totally wasn’t expecting that, but that’s awesome. I really like the name Marshall, but I don’t really know how I feel about Mosely.

Emily on

In the south it is very common to name a girl the mother’s maiden name. I know girls with the names Collins, Thompson, Owen, Blakeley etc. If not, maybe they just liked the name!

Congratulations to them! And how fun to have a cousin so close in age!

Allegra on

I heard that Mosely, Thompson and Williams are all family names (Peyton’s middle name, Ashley’s maiden name and one of their grandmother’s maiden names). I also heard that Marshall was one they both liked and Peyton did especially because it reminded him of football ๐Ÿ™‚

Caity on

As someone who is a fan of the Colts, Peyton’s really private about his private life. With that being said, Im pretty sure Ashley and Peyton didnt want the media trying to try and get into their personal business, so that’s probably why they didnt tell the media about their twins.

I understand completely, some things are made to be private. And yes she was pregnant, dont know how she got pregnant but that’s their business, She makes a few media apperances each year and last year, she didnt do that so that’s what made me think she was pregnant. That and Peyton started wearing his wedding ring when he was warming up before games, and when he was at the pro bowl.

Anyways, I like the name Marshall, but Mosley is such a odd name to name your child. Reminds me of Moze off to Neds declassified school survial guide. I dont know. Maybe it’s family. But anyways, congrats to the Mannings! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tee on

My goodness, twins! Congratulations to the Manning family!

Caity on

Oh, and Why are there always rumors about Peyton Getting a divorce?.

Im guessing it’s because he’s so private about his marriage but there are always people making up rumors about him. What’s with that?

skunknuggets on

Congrats to them!

So much for the comments about Peyton’s family a few weeks ago when Eli’s baby was born.

Romy on

aity, I think it’s because of the way he acts when his wife is not around, like many pro athletes

peyton fan on

Fraternal twins can be male/female, male/male, or female/female. Fraternal just means that they were conceived with two separate eggs. I think both babies are boys.

peyton fan on

woops! i see that they story says a boy and a girl. my bad.

Kellie on

YAY!!1 I am so happy for them, I love the Mannings and love all the new little additions recently!

Luna on

@Mallory: You say have you ever met a girl named Marshall? Well, I haven’t, but I also haven’t met a girl named Mosley. I agree with Caity, it reminds me of that show Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. I remember when my niece used to watch that and she originally thought they were calling her Mode. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lola on

They must be a fan of how i met your mother with names like marshall and mosley.

elisabeth on

It is true he wanted to wait until he was further along in his career to have children. Also who knows maybe there could have been an IF issue. Who knows and it’s great their so private I love that about them.

Thompson is Ashley’s maiden name and it is southern tradition (Ashley is from Jackson, TN) to use your maiden name in your pne (not necessarily your first)of child’s name be it the first or middle name. Williams is grandmother Olivia’s maiden name and it’s also Payton’s middle name. Payton has an older brother who has 3 kids I believe. So it’s not always a first child that bears the mother’s maiden name.

Mia on

Congrats to them!-both him + Eli have kids 10 days apart!–Very cool! Wow-3 grandkids in less than 2 weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

Anonymous on


I remember when Soleil Moon Frye named her daughter Jagger Joseph Blue and there was an uproar. I was all for her right to name her daughter whatever she wanted and thought Jagger was kind of cool. But, I have to say – who names their daughter Mosley Thompson? I wonder why they did that. Maybe it’s a family name?

Bugs on

That is interesting with Archie and Olivia. They didn’t have girls, but boy they now have 3 granddaughters! Olivia must be thrilled. Love the Mannings!

Capri on

Love Peyton!!!! Congrats to the whole family, so many new babies to love on!!!

sno on

congrats to the family but however I think Moseley is an odd name but hopefully there will be a nickname b/c think of all the teasing the child will go through growing up…. really wishes folks would think before they name a child…it might seem cute to them but then they don’t have to grow up with it….am thinking of David Bowie’s child, whose name was Zowie Bowie…no kidding! the child when grown legally changed his name..

I am from the south..and works in genealogy and while families did name some children after the mother’s maiden name… I usually found this to be the son not the daughter and this was up to the mid 1880’s. You would find the mother’s maiden name among both sexes but usually as a middle name, ie: John Webster Jones, Eleanor Webster Jones..etc.

Kewky on

@ sno True but Zowie and Mosley are worlds apart!

Anyway congrats to the Manning family! 3 grand children in what? 2 weeks!

Becky on

Congrats to the Mannings..I think the names will have to grow on me..:~) Maybe they wanted privacy because he doesn’t have that much privacy in his professional life? Not everyone that has a career like his wants the world to know every little detail about them..

J.J. on

Congrats to the family!! Payton is my fav player..never knew he was married and had twins recently!

@Bugs It’s two girls and a boy, so Olivia has two granddaughters and one grandson ๐Ÿ™‚

krissy on

@Bugs Itโ€™s two girls and a boy, so Olivia has two granddaughters and one grandson

– J.J. on April 12th, 2011

Actually, JJ – she has more than that. Cooper Manning has 2 sons and a daughter of his own (I think).

Lady on

Congratulations to the Mannings!!!!! The first family of football just keeps getting bigger and better. Much love to all of you! Whatever they name their children is THEIR business……personally, I think it suits them! Congratulations again….from the BIGGEST RAIDER FAN ON EARTH!!!!!

LoveCrazyBeautifulLife on

Wow! I didn’t even know they were expecting! I’m just gonna guess and say that Mosley is the girl. Not my favorite name, but I’m sure they are beautiful.

laurelcanyonprincess on

Mosley is the worst girl name EVER. why not just name her Homely? it sounds pretty similar!

08girl on

WOW! Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but this story totally caught me off guard! I had NO idea that Peyton was even married – let along for 10 years! Way to go buddy! Congrats on the babies! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bugs on

What’s with the corrections guys? Each of the Manning brothers has a DAUGHTER now. Cooper has a daughter named May who is 6, Eli now has a daughter named Ava Frances, and well, Peyton now has a daughter named Mosley. So enough with those corrections cause Archie and Olivia now have 3 GRANDDAUGHTERS. Cooper in total has 3 kids, May, and sons Arch who is 5 and Heid who is 3.

Kat on

I love the show How I met Your Mother too, but I am not naming my kids after the main characters!

Jillian on

Bugs, whats with the corrections? You didnt mention the boys above? And i got one for ya….May is 8, Arch is 7 and Heid is 5…..People won’t make corrections if you don’t make errors ๐Ÿ™‚

I think we are done with the corrections!

Kinereth on

Congratulations to Peyton and Ashley! I am so happy for them!

Chloe on

For a second I thougth they must have been BIG How I Met Your Mother Fans…I thought the names were Marshall and Moseby….the I re-read it and discoverd I was wrong XD

Rosemary on

30 years ago, when a friend of mine married her husband, she told me she and R didn’t want children. Then she got pregnant. She’s totally pro-life (as am I) so abortion was not a choice (thank GOD). They had their child and the “baby,” now an adult, is the light of their lives. So you may think you don’t want children and then when that child comes, whether it’s planned or a surpise, your world is turned upside down and your heart is absolutely and delightfully stolen by this tiny creature you two made. And that is what is known as a miracle.

jsmith on

Birth certificates are public records. Once their certificates were recorded, anyone can read them or write about them. I can’t believe I am defending People magazine, but it is entirely appropriate for them to report the news — because these births are news. Peyton is a public figure and he and his wife are going to have to deal with balancing that with privacy issues.

Steph on

I adore Peyton. I’m so happy for him. Thompson is his wife’s maiden name. Williams is Peyton’s middle name, as well as his mother’s maiden name. He and his wife are very active in the Indianapolis community and this announcement came as such a surprise, I think it was probably a surrogacy pregnancy. I’ve read articles in the past that his wife had a difficult time conceiving, so maybe that’s why they went this route. And, so close to Eli’s daughter’s birth! Three grandchildren in ten days for Archie and Olivia!

Congrats to the entire Manning family!

eribri on

What a surprise! I knew his brother & wife were expecting but Peyton & his wife blindsided me with this announcement.

Congrats to them!

Gina on

Who cares – Really! Focus your enthusiatic comments on something that matters!

Bugs on

Jillian, yeah i messed up on the ages of Cooper’s kids, sorry. I was just correcting the other poster who “corrected” me saying that there were only 2 granddaughters, when in fact they’re 3 now. But thanks for ‘correcting’ me with factual information. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jodi on

Romy…you are so negative and nasty. He’s not a family man? How in the heck would you know that? He is a very private person, which is his right. Actually, I wish more athletes and celebs were more private, and before I get blasted because I clicked on the article…..I’m sorry but I live in Indiana and am a gigantic Colts and Peyton Manning fan! Congrats to Peyton and Ashley!

Melanie on

I don’t think the babies are a boy and a girl, the can be fraternal and be the same gender. The only mention of a girl was Eli’s.

kl on

I like the names I think they are unique. Mosley kind of reminds me of a young unique nickname for Moselle, but thats just me, and its seems pretty normal to me when compared to Pilot Inspektor, Audio Science, and Fifi Trixibell to name a few. Congrats to the Manning Family.

kelly on

I like the names, I think Mosley is very unique. It sort of reminds of a young unique nickname for Moselle, but that’s just me. It seems pretty normal to me compared to Pilot Inspektor, Audio Science, and Fifi Trixibell just to name a few. Congrats to the Manning family.

Jillian on

Jsmith, it’s true that People got confirmation. However, I have seen them respect families privacy over the years. Since this family will not confirm the story and asked for privacy, I figured they would respect it.

leslie on

with some of the comments i can understand why they kept the news of their babies out of the press.

Bonnie on

Love the Mannings and elated that both Peyton and Eli are proud Dads now. Congrats goes out to both. Looking forward to the 2011 season and prayers go out to Peyton for a complete healing for his neck surgery. God Bless