It’s Super Bowl Week. Let's explore Peyton Manning's ancestry!
NOTE: My apologies to newsletter readers outside the United States. This article probably won't mean much to you but please humor us Americans, OK?
Greg Boyd of Arphax Publishing Co. wrote an article for the HistoryGeo Blog to give genealogists something to talk about when football takes center-stage in lots of office-talk through the rest of this week. Greg tracked the given-name-origins (and place-origins) of the Manning family (Peyton being the Denver Bronco’s quarterback).
Elisha Archibald Manning III was the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints---he went by the name of Archie. Archie Manning is included in any discussion of "the best player ever on one of the worst teams ever." Archie's career, amazing as it was, has been eclipsed by his two Super Bowl-winning sons, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, who currently play for the Denver Broncos and New York Giants, respectively. Peyton is preparing to lead his Broncos into his third Super Bowl appearance, coming up on February 2, 2014.
Greg Boyd examined several web sites to find a rich history for the Mannings in Copiah County, Mississippi. The given-name origins were not hard to spot. Both the names Archie (Archibald) and Eli (Elisha) stem from late-18th-century ancestors that came to Copiah County (their origins are probably even earlier than that).
You might take a look at the blog entry on the Manning family for some timely Super Bowl week content at http://blog.historygeo.com/2014/01/25/the-copiah-county-mississippi-roots-of-the-manning-football-dynasty/.