Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald asked their fans to help them name their unborn baby (or babies), and the results are in!
So far, no member of the Duggar family has carried on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s tradition of choosing baby names that start with the letter “J,” and Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald have also decided that they don’t want to scour baby name books for the few remaining monikers that begin with the letter. Instead, the couple came up with their own creative way to choose a baby name — they asked their fans to pick one out for them.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jessa and Ben asked fans to share their favorite baby names in a poll that was posted on the Seewald Family website. Fans were also given the opportunity to guess whether Jessa is having a girl, boy, girl twins, boy twins, or boy/girl twins. Over 110,000 people voted in the poll, and a baby girl was the top pick with 58,350 votes. The second choice was a baby boy with 23,158 votes, followed by 17,999 votes for boy/girl twins, 8,608 votes for twin girls, and 3,096 votes for twin boys.
According the Duggar Family Blog, Jessa Duggar has already denied that she and Ben Seewald are expecting twins. During her August appearance at the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jessa reportedly told the crowd that she and her husband only saw one baby in their ultrasound. This means that Jessa and Ben will only get to choose one baby name when Baby Seewald arrives.
If Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald decide that they want to let their fans name their baby, they’ll have a baby girl named Savannah or a baby boy named Luke. These were the top picks for each sex in their fan poll. The list of the top five girl names was rounded out by Sarah, Olivia, Rachel, and Hope. The list of boy names included Zachary, Sawyer, Noah, and Benjamin.
According to ETonline, Jessa and Ben talked about their future baby naming plans during a Q&A session at the Southern Woman’s Show in Orlando. A fan asked the couple if all their children’s names will begin with the same letter, and Ben said that he and Jessa don’t want to limit themselves by sticking to a baby name theme.
“We thought to ourselves, if we do that, we’ll kind of limit our name selection,” Ben said. “We thought maybe we’ll keep our options open.”
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had to come up with 19 “J” names for their massive brood, and Josh and Anna Duggar carried on the letter theme tradition by giving all four of their children names that start with the letter “M.” Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar, previously told PEOPLE that she’s also not going to do a letter theme, but she and her husband, Derick Dillard, had another theme in mind. They ultimately chose the name Israel for their first child, so perhaps they’re going to stick to names inspired by the Bible or places that are meaningful to them.
Jill Duggar revealed her son’s sex before he was born, and she even threw a gender reveal surprise party for her family members. According to PEOPLE, Jessa and Ben have decided to do their own thing — they aren’t going to let anyone know the sex of their child until the baby is born.
When Jessa Duggar’s bundle of joy does arrive, fans may get to see Baby Seewald’s big reveal on TV. TLC is producing a series of TV specials centered on Jill and Jessa Duggar, and Jessa said that the network is currently focusing on her preparations for the arrival of her first child.
“We’re going to be doing some filming preparing to welcome this little one into our lives. It’s gonna be great,” Jessa said at the Southern Women’s Show in Orlando, according to In Touch Weekly.
Fans who are eager to meet Baby Seewald don’t have to wait until Jessa’s special to see the baby in action. The former 19 Kids and Counting star recently shared an Instagram video of her baby bump, and it shows her unborn child making her belly wiggle and jiggle.
Do you think Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald should choose one of the fan names above for Baby Seewald?
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