Jessa Duggar Seewald's Baby

Whatever one thinks of the Duggars, they are a fascinating family namewise. Jessa Duggar Seewald and her husband Ben had a son, and his name is:

Spurgeon Elliot Seewald.

But they are calling him...Quincy.


November 18, 2015 12:35 AM

My first association with "Spurgeon" was "Moody Spurgeon Macpherson," a rather drippy character from the Anne of Green Gables books. 

A friend and I were discussing how Spurgeon doesn't exactly lend itself to great nicknames.  Spurgey?  The only thing I could come up with was "Spur" - it kind of works, as a Western-flavored, macho word name.

November 18, 2015 9:03 PM

Yes! And the "Spurgeon" in Moody Spurgeon's name was after the same British preacher little Spurgeon Seewald is named after (Moody was another preacher I believe). 

November 20, 2015 4:17 AM

Oh, good point - that makes a lot of sense!  I think the series did mention that Moody's parents intended for him to be a preacher.

November 18, 2015 1:49 AM

Quincy would make perfect sense if this was their fifth child. (I don't exactly keep track, but my impression is that this is their first.) Do we know why they've gone with this call name?

Spurgeon makes me think of fish (sturgeon), purgatives (spurge), and scalpels (surgeon). As an honor name (I believe it's for a Mormon writer), this one really, really would've been better in the middle name spot, especially since Elliot is an actual masculine name and would work very well as the given (first) name.

November 18, 2015 2:40 PM

There's also excessive spending (splurge) and falseness (spurious). Plus, it gives the kid the initials SS - if they follow the Duggar pattern of using the same initial letter for all their kids, they will have a gaggle of Nazi secret police running around.

All in all, about as horrible a name choice as you can come up with. It's bad enough that if it were somebody I knew, I might actually make an exception to the "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything" rule.

November 19, 2015 5:01 AM

Also contains "spurn." I didn't notice the Nazi connection, TOH. Genius!

November 19, 2015 3:58 PM

My mind is much further in the gutter...Spurgeon reminds me mainly of a slang term for ejaculate. Combined with spurting and the strong fishy association, this is one of the worst names I've ever heard on an actual baby.

November 19, 2015 6:28 PM

I join you in the gutter, and also share your overall assessment. This is one of the few cases where hearing the story behind a name has really not been sufficient to sway me in favor of a name. Quincy certainly makes for a better call name.


November 20, 2015 9:14 AM

Sadly, that was also my first thought upon hearing the name. I guess they felt that Charles didn't call to mind the preacher, but really? They could have used Spurgeon as the middle name!

November 19, 2015 8:59 AM

Charles Spurgeon was a Baptist, not a Mormon. The Duggars (and presumably the Seewalds) are also Baptists, but not mainstream. I checked and they identify as Independent Baptists, one of the many offshoots of the mainstream Baptist church.

November 19, 2015 4:30 PM

Oops, sorry, Baptist... (Most of what I know about the family comes from dissecting their names on this site. We don't pay for television, so I never watched the show.)

November 20, 2015 9:13 AM

I'm with you! I have never seen the show but it's hard to avoid knowing about the family. They're like the Kardashians in that regard. It was interesting to read about their religion, however. They don't attend a mainstream church (no surprise there), but apparently there's very little information in the public sphere about their church/denomination. I find that interesting since their faith is front and center in their public persona. Since I've never watched the show, I can't speak as to whether or not they do much proselytizing, but apparently they don't advertise their own church very much because it's hard to find information about it.

November 25, 2015 11:33 AM

I find their religion rather terrifying really.  They have ties to the Quiverfull movement, which you can read about at the link below (remove the spaces).


They are also followers of Bill Gothard.  You can learn about his teachings online at Recovering Grace.  No Longer Quivering also has articles about Bill Gothard.

November 25, 2015 11:27 AM

I also wondered about Quincy as the call name.  The best I could come up with is that Quincy is actually the name that they prefered, but it didn't send the type of religious and/or political message of Spurgeon.  I also believe that Elliot was chosen becasue it was the name of some minister or missionary or something.  I agree Spurgeon does make me think of fish, spurge & surgeons.  As well as the really unfortunate spooge.



November 18, 2015 8:47 AM

Spurgeon is probably after the well-known British preacher, Charles Spurgeon.


Still not sure where Quincy is coming from

By mk
November 18, 2015 2:57 PM

Quincy Spurgeon would have worked well.

Quincy is what they were calling the baby during her pregnancy. I believe it originated from them joking that they were going to use "Q" as the first letter for their children's names.

November 20, 2015 4:17 AM

Yes, after I read a bit more it sounded like everyone had referred to the baby as Quincy during the pregnancy, and had not yet gotten out of the habit - but the parents were planning on calling him both "Spurgeon" and "Elliot."

November 24, 2015 6:55 PM

Love Elliot, can't stand Spurgeon. Is it a family name? My first association was the sturgeon fish, but then I thought of spurge... ugh. I'm curious as to know where Quincy fits into all this--it seems out of left field but I wonder if there's some meaning behind it?


EDIT: Never mind. I just noticed the comments above me, haha!

February 14, 2017 11:40 PM

Spurgeon has a little brother! Henry Wilberforce, born on Feb. 6. What do you think, name wizards?

February 15, 2017 4:05 AM

A perfectly decent name... though pretty much anything would have been an improvement on the first one!

February 15, 2017 8:50 AM

AND there's no repeated first initial! If they had named the first one Elliot Spurgeon instead, they'd be a perfect pair. 

February 15, 2017 10:25 AM

Yeah, I was thoroughly surprised that they didn't name this one Wilberforce Henry. It still would not have been as bad as poor Sturgeon, oops, sorry, Surgeon, oh, wait, no, Spurge, wait, that's not it either...

February 15, 2017 7:55 PM

I'm surprised he's not Wilberforce Henry, too. At least William Wilberforce is a less controversial namesake than Charles Spurgeon. I don't think this was mentioned on here at the time, but Elliot is after the missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot. Henry is for Matthew Henry, a minister and author. I feel sorry for big brother Spurgeon, whose name is so clearly linked to his controversial namesake and unpleasant similar-sounding associations, in comparison to baby Henry, whose name may not be everybody's preference but won't raise any eyebrows either.

ETA: Apparently, Jessa's older sister Jill and her husband Derick Dillard are expecting a second boy due this July. Their first son is Israel David Dillard.

February 15, 2017 11:17 PM

Wilberforce makes me think of Wilbur from Charlotte's Web. Salutations!

So the Seewalds are going with all surnames? By choosing two surnames per child (plus the actual surname) and limiting the pool to influential ministers and preachers in their religious niche while belonging to the quiverfull movement, I think they'll have to start sounding like the Spurgeon name sooner than later because names like that will be all that's left.

That makes it all the more noteworthy they used up Elliot on a middle name and it makes me wonder if they'll continue the pattern for any little girls. Any word on what Spurgeon is being called now?

February 17, 2017 5:14 AM

Wilberforce was my baby's in-utero nickname, and several people commented that we should just use it while we were expecting (and hadn't yet disclosed the real name). So, I think Wilberforce is a usable name, at least in contrarian-hipster type circles. I do not think that I'd have gotten a similar reaction to Spurgeon.

I agree with others that it's an interesting combination in this order, where presumably Henry is the callname, when paired with the sibling name. I'd view Henry and Elliot as very compatible, similar sorts of names in their overall feel, and Wilberforce is more in Spurgeon territory in being a bit more out there. I wonder if the switched order is a reaction to the generally poor reception the name of their eldest has received.

February 17, 2017 6:56 AM

I feel like they must have. Either that or they realized that using a name like Spurgeon as a callname is complicated, hard to say, and not generally worth the effort. I wonder which name Spurgeon actually goes by at home these days?

February 17, 2017 7:22 PM

Wow! Henry Wilberforce Seewald. That's a lot of name for a little baby.