Mitt Romney reveals adopted black grandson

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has welcomed a new addition to the Romney clan.

On Friday he tweeted, “Our 22nd grandchild was officially adopted today: Kieran James Romney,” alongside a photograph of a cute African-American baby. The child has been adopted by Romney’s second youngest son Ben and his wife Andelynne.

Interestingly, Kieran means “little dark one” in Gaelic. Kieran is common name in Ireland and although it literally means “black” or “dark,” it generally signifies a link to Fergus, King of Ulster, a mythological Irish figure.

The bouncing baby boy will join an ever-growing brood of grandchildren by Romney’s five adult boys.

Still, it may be that the former Massachusetts Governor has lost track of how many grandchildren he actually has. In July 23, 2013, Romney tweeted, “Our Josh and Jen also had a new baby boy yesterday. I feel royally blessed. #22”

Last May Mitt’s eldest son, Tagg, and his wife Jen welcomed twin sons thanks to a surrogate mother. Though surrogacy is discouraged in the Mormon Church, it is not forbidden.

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