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Image: The Walton Sextuplets


See images of famous multiples, including the Dilley sextuplets, the McCaughey sextuplets and the Chukwu octuplets.

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The Gosselin sextuplets plus two

The Gosselin family pose at a party to celebrate the fifth birthday of the sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel, born in 2004, plus older sisters Cara and Mady. Shortly after the birthday celebration, mom Kate, left, and dad Jon, right, began having problems that led to their divorce.

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The Suleman octuplets

Nadya Suleman, 33, made history by delivering eight babies in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2009. The babies, who were conceived by in vitro fertilization, were born nine weeks premature and became the longest-surviving set of octuplets. The birth weight of the six boys and two girls ranged from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces. The octuplets' arrival was first celebrated as a medical miracle, but a backlash quickly grew when it became known that the unemployed, single mother already had six other children at home.

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The Dilley sextuplets

Keith and Becki Dilley of Indianapolis smile at each other on their couch at home as they hold their 5-month-old infants, the first surviving sextuplets born in the United States. The children, dubbed the “Dilley Six-Pack” by some media outlets, were born nine weeks early on May 25, 1993. Their names in order of birth are Brenna Rose, Julian Emerson, Quinn Everett, Claire Diane, Ian Michael and Adrian Reed.

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The Chukwu octuplets

The eight Chukwu babies, six girls and two boys, were the first octuplets born in the United States. The siblings were born in December 1998 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston to mother Nkem Chukwu and father Lyke Louis Udobi, both Nigerian-born Americans. The firstborn, Chukwuebuka Nkemjika (Ebuka for short), was born 15 weeks premature on Dec. 8, 1998. Her brothers and sisters followed on Dec. 20, still 13 weeks premature.

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LIFE cover 09-02-1940 Dionne quintuplets First Communion

The Dionne quintuplets

The five Dionne sisters – Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne – were conceived from a single egg and born two months premature on May 28, 1934, in Callander, Ontario, Canada. They are the first quintuplets to survive infancy, and they are still the only identical female set. Here, the 6-year-old sisters are dressed for their First Communion as they pose for a cover of Life, published Sept. 2, 1940. When the girls were born, their family already had five children, and could not afford to care for the five newcomers. The Ontario government removed the sisters from their parents’ custody and moved the girls to a hospital that attracted so many curious visitors wanting to see the girls that it became known as “Quintland.” When the girls were 9, their family regained custody, and they returned home, where they lived until they were 18.

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US President George W. Bush greets five of the Bob

The McCaughey sextuplets

On Nov. 19, 1997, Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey of Des Moines, Iowa, became parents to the world’s first surviving sextuplets: Kenneth Robert, Alexis May, Natalie Sue, Kelsey Ann, Nathan Roy, Brandon James and Joel Steven. Here, five of the seven 4-year-olds are greeted by former President George W. Bush at the Des Moines International Airport before he headed to the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 14, 2002.

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KRT NEWS STORY SLUGGED: QUINTS KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY JUDITH CALSON/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS (KRT4-November 28) Patty Shier plays with her quintuplet babies in their Los Angeles home. The 36-year old mother has been in great demand by the media since the recent birth of septuplets in Iowa. They all want to know how she and husband Scot have managed for the past 22 months since the birth of their three daughters and two sons and what lessons they can pass along to the nation's newest multiple birth celebrity paraent.

The Shier quintuplets

Born on Jan. 23, 1996, to Patty and Scot Shier of Los Angeles, the Shier quintuplets arrived as five healthy babies – the first set of quintuplets with no major health problems to be born in the United States, said a spokeswoman for Long Beach Memorial, the hospital where the infants were delivered. Here, Patty Shier plays with her 22-month-old babies in their Los Angeles home.

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The Walton Sextuplets  on their ninth birthday 

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The Walton sextuplets

The Walton girls are the world’s first female surviving sextuplets. They were born on Nov. 18, 1983, in Liverpool, England, to Graham and Janet Walton. Here, the sisters – named Hannah, Lucy, Ruth, Sarah, Kate and Jennifer – celebrate their 9th birthday. The Waltons grew up in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. All but one of the sisters, now 25, still live at their childhood home.

Hussey Dennis