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Octuplets' names reflect parents' tradition

Published Dec. 24, 1998|Updated Sep. 14, 2005

The world's only living octuplets were given names Wednesday in the tradition of their parents' African tribe.

The hospital had been identifying the eight children by letters since seven of them arrived Sunday by Caesarian section. The first child was born Dec. 8 to Nkem Chukwu and her husband, Iyke Louis Udobi.

The couple said they named the children in the tradition of the Igbo (EE-boh) tribe, an ethnic group in their native Nigeria.

"We want to honor God and celebrate his gifts to us in the names we give our eight children," the couple said in a statement. Louis is the surname for all eight.

Texas Children's Hospital, where the babies remain in critical condition with an 85 percent chance for survival, released the names, translations and given nicknames:

+ Baby A, born almost two weeks before her siblings, is Chukwuebuka Nkemjika (nicknamed Ebuka, pronounced uh-BOO'-kuh), which means "God is great."

+ Baby B, the first of the seven Sunday deliveries, is Chidinma Anulika (Chidi, CHEE'-dee), which means, "God is beautiful."

+ Baby C is Chinecherem Nwabugwu (Echerem, CHER'-um), or "God thinks of me."

+ Baby D is Chimaijem Otito (Chima, CHEE'-muh), meaning "God knows my way."

+ Baby E, whose birthweight was 10.3 ounces and is in the most delicate condition, is Chijindu Chidera (Odera, oh-DARE'-uh), translated to "God has my life."

+ Baby F, the first of back-to-back boys toward the end of Sunday's 45-minute delivery, is Chukwubuikem Maduabuchi (Ikem, EE'-kem), meaning "God is my strength."

+ Baby G, the largest baby at 1 pound and 16 ounces, will be Chijioke Chinedum (nicknamed Jioke, YOH'-kee), meaning "God is my leader."

+ Baby H, the sixth girl, is Chinagorom Chidiebere (Gorom, GORM), meaning "God is merciful."

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