What’s In Name? Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald Explain
Reality stars Jessa Duggar Seewald and Ben Seewald have chosen the name for their first child, and the internet is a little shocked by the announcement. Are you ready for it?
Spurgeon Elliot Seewald
That’s right, the classic name Spurgeon. A name kindergarten teachers will have no trouble pronouncing. A name that reminds one of the words: sturgeon, surgeon, splurge and sperm. A name with zero excellent nicknames except: Spurgy? Spurge? Geon?
The couple explained their reasoning for the unorthodox choice on their website.
The baby is named after Charles Spurgeon, one of the best known preachers living in Britain in the late 19th century, who’s teachings had a major large impact on Ben’s life. (There’s also a college named after him in London called Spurgeon’s College.) And baby Spurgeon’s middle name, Elliot was chosen in recognition of two late missionaries who worked in South America named Jim and Elisabeth Elliot.
Clearly the Seewalds have thought very long and hard about this choice – Jessa even solicited her fans to contribute their own ideas, and with more than 100,000 offerings, they had plenty to choose from. “We want to give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning,” Jessa explained to People.
Added Ben: “He is going to have this name for the rest of his life.”
Yes. Yes he will.
Major congratulations goes out the the couple, and we wish all the luck in the world to Spurgeon.
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And… IT’S OFFICIAL!!! #BabySeewald has been named!!! ???? Watch the video to see what we chose and to hear the story behind his first and middle names! :link is in my bio: A photo posted by Jessa Seewald (@jessaseewald) on
Here’s a hint: It rhymes with sturgeon.