Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth to identical twin girls in early December but had yet to reveal their names or share a photo — until now. Get the scoop behind these very unique (and long!) baby girl names, and find out the meanings behind them.
There will be no rhyming or matching baby names for Mayer’s twin girls. The businesswoman, estimated to be worth around $300 million, announced the birth of the twins in a tweet in December but didn’t mention their names at the time. “Zack and I are excited to announce that our identical twin girls were born early this morning. Our whole family is doing great!” she wrote.
More than a month later, Mayer finally shared their unique names and a photo on her Tumblr, which shows the twins in matching onesies and pink bibs in their colorful crib.
Marielle and Sylvana are long and unusual baby names. Marielle is the French form of Marie, while Sylvana is a name of English origin that means “from the forest.” Perhaps the couple may shorten them and call them by the nicknames Marie and Sylvie?
Mayer and her husband, Zack Bogue, are obviously fans of long names, as they named their 3-year-old son Macallister. In fact, after the birth of Macallister, Mayer crowdsourced her Twitter followers for baby name suggestions. The couple didn’t have a baby name picked out until after he was born, which is possibly what they did with their twin girls, which could explain the delay in announcing the names.
— marissamayer (@marissamayer) October 30, 2012
It is also interesting to note that Mayer didn’t stick with the “M” theme entirely. Mayer’s parents both have “M” names (Margaret and Michael), and she obviously does — and she even named her son the “M” name of Macallister. Why did they name just one of the twin girls an “M” name? Or why didn’t she name the other twin a “Z” name, after dad Zack?
Mayer has yet to address the specific meanings behind their unusual baby name picks, but she did share in a Tumblr post that the twins were quite the surprise, insinuating they were conceived naturally, without fertility treatments or other interventions.
“The twins part was quite a surprise, because I have no family history of twins or any other predisposing factors,” she wrote. “However, as I’ve now learned, identical twins occur by random chance in roughly 1 out of approximately every 300 pregnancies. Zack and I have embraced the surprise and are very excited about these new additions to our family.”
Mayer worked throughout her pregnancy and up until the twins were born, and took only two weeks off after the birth of the twins — which some women applauded and some criticized.
“Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout,” she wrote after announcing her pregnancy.
We are confident she can have it all — work life and home life. You go, girl.
Tell us: What do you think of the names Marielle and Sylvana?