Jessa (Duggar) Seewald is already flooding social media with pictures of her newborn baby boy Spurgeon, and he is quite a cutie.
On Sunday, Jessa shared an adorable photo of little Spurgeon, wearing a grey and white sleeper, smiling in his sleep. She captioned the photo she posted on her Facebook page, saying, “Have to wonder what it is that babies dream about.” She then added a heart and smiley face emoji to complete her post.
Fans of the former 19 Kids and Counting star were dying to know the name of her newborn baby, and many were shocked when Jessa announced the unique name.
“We are very excited to introduce our little baby boy to the world,” Jessa said in a video posted on their family’s website on TLC.com.“We’ve been working on deciding on a name, and we finally figured it out.”
Spurgeon’s full name is Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. According to Jessa and Ben, their baby boy was named after Charles Spurgeon, an influential British preacher from the 19th century.
“He had a big impact on our lives,” Ben said in the video. “His writings and his sermons and books are still around today, and they just continue to impact many, many people.”
The couple decided on the middle name Elliot after Jim and Elisabeth Elliot.
“Jim Elliot was a missionary to South America, and he actually died on the mission field,” Ben explained. “His wife, Elisabeth Elliot [she died in June 2015], she actually went back to the tribe after her husband’s death, and she continued to take the gospel there.”
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The name Jessa and Ben chose for their son is quite unusual. According to the Social Security Administration, there wasn’t a single baby named Spurgeon in 2014, and the name hasn’t been common in over a century.
“It did make the U.S. top 1,000 from 1880 all the way to 1914, peaking in 1892, the year of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s death,” Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Baby Name Bible and creator of Nameberry, told Yahoo Parenting. “However, ‘peaking’ in those days, when relatively few names were recorded, means only 12 baby boys received the name.”
While the new parents put a lot of thought into their son’s name, they will not be referring to him as Spurgeon or Elliot. Instead, Jessa revealed on Facebook, when questioned what he would go by, they had already come up with a nickname for him… Quincy.
“Both, but everybody still calls him Quincy!” Jessa said. “His nickname has been Quincy since we first found out we were pregnant.”
Why Quincy? Well, it all started with a joke that eventually stuck, and now baby Spurgeon is Quincy.
No matter what they decided to call their baby, Jessa and Ben said they just wanted him to have a “strong name” with Biblical ties.
“We want to give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning,” Jessa explained. “He is going to have this name for the rest of his life,” Ben added.
What do you think of Spurgeon Elliot’s name? Leave your comments below.
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