February 10th, 2009
Here it is! The moment you’ve all been waiting for. OK, maybe not. But today, after much cajoling and plenty of dough, the names of those octuplets have finally been released.
Maliah - see below
Noah- Hebrew, “comfort”
Jonah- Hebrew, “dove”
Isaiah- Hebrew, “God helps me”
Nariah -see below
Jeremiah- Hebrew, “the Lord exalts”
McCai (may be spelled Makai)- see below
Josiah- Hebrew, “God supports”
Most are Biblical and rather lovely, no? As a big proponent of meanings, I think they were carefully chosen for this special brood. McCai in this form was unfamiliar to me. It appears to be a McSpelling of Micaiah, Hebrew for “who is like Y_hweh?” The names of the girls gave me pause as well. Maliah may be a variant of the red hot Malia, which is Hawaiian for Mary. It also may be a contraction of Mahaliah, “tenderness.” Neriah is found in the Bible as a man, though by process of elimination I’m tempted to think this is one of the two girls. It means “lamp of Y_hweh.” Nera is a Hebrew girl’s name for “candlelight.” All the children share the middle name of Angel, and their surname is Solomon.
If that doesn’t yet have you twitterpated, check out these other multiples, carefully compiled by Paige.
What their other six siblings are called I sadly cannot tell you.
If you were to be, um, blessed with eight at once, what would you name them? I’m afraid I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use Octavia or Octavian for the last born. The other names could then be chosen accordingly. What about: