The Morlok Quads – Edna, Wilma, Sarah, Helen

Morlok Quads: Edna, Wilma, Sarah, HelenOn 19 May 1930, Carl and Sarah “Sadie” Morlok of Lansing, Michigan welcomed identical quadruplets.

The quads were named Edna A, Wilma B, Sarah C, and Helen D.

Their first names were inspired by the hospital in which they were born, the Edward W. Sparrow Hospital (Edna/Edward, W./Wilma, Sparrow/Sarah, Hospital/Helen).

Their middle names — the letters A, B, C and D — indicated birth order.

(Other multiples with an alphabetical names: quints in Nebraska, quads in Alberta.)


  • “Helen Morlok, 73; One of the World’s Oldest Identical Quadruplets.” Los Angeles Times 7 Nov. 2003.
  • “Morlok Quadruplets Ready to Make Debuts on Stage.” Reading Eagle 5 Aug. 1936: 5.

Image: Find A Grave

4 Responses to The Morlok Quads – Edna, Wilma, Sarah, Helen

  1. I wonder what Sadie might name them if they were born now: Emily, Willa, Sparrow, and Hayley?

  2. That would make a fun game!

    Let’s see, I’ll say…Eden, Willow, Sienna and Hadley.

  3. the dionne quintuplets were also born in the 30’s and were a tourist attraction in canada- i read a very sad book about their loves when i was a teenager. their names were: yvonne, annette, cecile marie, emilie marie and marie rene alma

  4. My mom used to babysit the Morlok Quads.

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