Massachusetts quadruplets: Chesley, Chatham, Chance, Cheston


In July of 2022, quadruplets in the form of two sets of identical twins were born to Ashley Ness of Taunton, Massachusetts.

The two girls were named Chesley and Chatham, and the two boys were named Chance and Cheston.

Why did Ashley choose four names starting with “Ch”?

Family tradition. After Ashley’s sister gave her three children Ch-names, Ashley followed suit by naming her now 8-year-old daughter Chanel.

And then, when I found out I was having four, I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m not changing it now.’ It was very challenging, though, to find four names.

I wonder if Chatham’s name was inspired by the Cape Cod town of Chatham (pronounced CHAT-um). If so, she has something in common with Michael J. Fox’s daughter Aquinnah, who was named after the Martha’s Vineyard town of Aquinnah.

What are your thoughts on these names? Which one do you like best?

Source: Truesdell, Jeff. “Mom Ashley Ness Delivers Quadruplets Who Are 2 Sets of Identical Twins.” People 28 Jul. 2022. (found via Abby, thank you!)

2 thoughts on “Massachusetts quadruplets: Chesley, Chatham, Chance, Cheston

  1. I’d be interested to know what the sister’s children are named. It’s possible she used some of the more traditional Ch names for her children: Charlotte, Chloe, Christine/Christina, Christopher, Charles/Charley, Christian, and so on.

    I misread Chesley as Chelsey at first (which I personally prefer over Chesley). On the whole, the names go together well, in that they have the same feel/style and share the hard Ch sound. The older sibling is the outlier with the Sh sound of Chanel, but her name also fits the surname style.

    Out of the four, I like Chance the best, but wouldn’t choose it for my own child.

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