Do You Know Your Duggars? A Comprehensive Guide to the Giant Family
Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar
Married nearly 35 years ago on July 21, 1984, the Duggar family matriarch, 52, and patriarch, 53, waited four years to have their first child, Josh. After conceiving again and suffering a miscarriage, which they say occurred because she was taking birth control and didn't know she was pregnant, they decided to let God "bless them with as many children as he saw fit." With new babies arriving roughly every year and a half, they've worked hard to keep their union on track. "We have a weekly date, even if it is just to take a walk in the park," Jim Bob, a former Arkansas politician, told PEOPLE in 2009. "We will go out to lunch or dinner and talk together about the kids, upcoming events, what we have coming up."
Recently, the couple found a new passion: flipping houses in Arkansas.
Josh & Anna Duggar
Michelle and Jim Bob's eldest son, 31, and his wife, 30, wed in September 2008 and have five children – eldest daughter Mackynzie, sons Michael and Marcus, daughter Meredith Grace (born amid Josh's inappropriate touching scandal in 2015) and a baby boy named Mason Garrett, who they welcomed in September 2017.
In April 2019, Anna revealed that the proud parents are expecting their sixth child together, due in the fall.
"We are so excited to announce that we are expecting a new little one! As we watch our children grow and thrive — we look forward to baby six joining us this fall! #littleduggars," Anna captioned the Instagram reveal.
John David Duggar & Abbie Burnett
Now, the happy couple are thrilled to announce that they're expanding their family!
"We are on Cloud 9 about welcoming our own little Duggar into the world," the couple told PEOPLE exclusively on Aug. 1 of expecting their first child. "It really is amazing to think about being parents and having our own child to raise."
The Duggars' oldest daughter, who plays the piano, violin and harp and has helped homeschool her siblings, is also twins with John David, who was born three minutes after her. She is currently single, and admitted in 2016 that while she's had suitors in the past, she hasn't found 'The One.'
"There have been different guys come along and ask, but they haven’t been the right one. It’s just one of those things," Jana said on Jill and Jessa: Counting On. "I’m not just out to get married to the first one who comes along."
She added: "It’s this weird in-between stage. I’m not a younger one, but then I’m not an older married one with kids." She continued, "So [I’m] just being busy with where God has me right now and being content in this place and learning as much as I can."
Jill & Derick Dillard
Five Duggar sisters were bridesmaids and two brothers were groomsmen when Michelle and Jim Bob's second daughter, 28, wed in June 2014 in Springdale, Arkansas. "I am the most blessed man to have Jill," Derick, 30, told PEOPLE after their nuptials, which per custom, saved their first kiss for last. In April of 2015, the couple welcomed a baby boy, Israel David, and the blessings continued in 2017, when son Samuel Scott joined the family.
Jessa & Ben Seewald
The Duggars' third daughter married a few months after older sister Jill in November 2014, before a packed crowd of more than 1,000 at the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Arkansas. Jessa, 26, and Ben, 23, welcomed their first child Spurgeon Elliot one year later after a dramatic two-day labor; baby Henry Wilberforce joined the family in February 2017; and on May 26, 2019, the proud parents welcomed their third child together, daughter Ivy Jane.
"We’re so grateful to God for this precious gift. She is already so loved. Her big brothers adore her!" the couple said in a statement after Ivy's birth.
Jinger & Jeremy Vuolo
The family is expanding again! PEOPLE exclusively revealed in July 2016 that Jinger Duggar, 25, and former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo, 31, (another "J" name!) were engaged — and on Nov. 5, 2016, the two said "I do" in front of 1,000 guests at Cathedral of the Ozarks at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with the groom's father officiating. In July 2018, the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Felicity. More recently, the pair announced in March that they are relocating from Laredo, Texas, to Los Angeles in order for Jeremy to pursue graduate studies at The Master's Seminary.
Joy-Anna & Austin Forsyth
The two knew each other for 15 years before entering into a courtship in 2016. "It's really special that I got to grow up with him and my family knows him really well," Joy-Anna, 21, told PEOPLE before marrying her fiancé of three months in May 2017. "We feel so happy and so excited!" They were even more excited to expand their family in February 2018, welcoming their first child, son Gideon Martyn Forsyth.
The couple announced on May 1 that they were expecting their second child together, but on July 3 shared the devastating news that they lost their unborn baby when they went in for their 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal.
Joy-Anna shared that she and her family are managing better than expected in the wake of their tragic loss, and leaning on God for guidance.
"Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time," she said. "Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord."
Joseph & Kendra Duggar
The Duggars' 24-year-old son married his 20-year-old bride on Sept. 8, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. "It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of to have a wife and to raise to raise a family in a way that honors the Lord," he told PEOPLE. "We are to very excited to see what God has in the future for us."
In June 2018, the newlyweds welcomed their first child, son Garrett. "No matter how many times we’ve experienced the joy of babies born in our families, there’s nothing comparable to the joy in our hearts today! Children truly are a gift from God. We are so thankful for his safe arrival and this new journey as parents," the couple said in a statement. In April 2019, they announced they're expecting baby No. 2! "We are ready to double the fun at our house!" the couple said.
Josiah & Lauren Duggar
In January 2018, the 22-year-old Counting On star announced he and family friend Lauren Swanson, 20, had entered a courtship. The pair got engaged two months later and tied the knot in June 2018 before enjoying their honeymoon in Vienna.
On May 20, the couple announced that they expecting a baby after Lauren suffered a miscarriage in October. "Every good and perfect gift is from above and we are looking forward to this new season of parenting together!" they said in a statement.
The Rest of the Crew
Michelle and Jim Bob fell in love with names beginning with "J" after naming their first son Joshua from the Bible — and, after giving their first set of twins "J" names, they continued the tradition so their other children wouldn't feel left out. Say these names three times fast: twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer and Jordyn-Grace.
And Josie Duggar!
Born premature at 25 weeks in 2010 and weighing just 22 oz., the world watched as the Duggars' youngest child, their 19th, struggled to survive. "She is a miracle baby and all of us we are so lucky to have her," Michelle said on Today. An attempt to expand their family yet again would prove heartbreaking: In 2011, Michelle suffered a miscarriage of their 20th child, Jubilee.
Amy Duggar King & Dillon King
Known as the "rebellious cousin," Amy is the daughter of Jim Bob's sister Deanna and made frequent appearances on 19 Kids and Counting, where her less-conservative upbringing made her stand out from the rest of the family. "For me, growing up was all about shorts, tank tops, country songs and boyfriends," the reality star, 32, previously told PEOPLE. "I love the Lord and I love my family. I’m just not born to live exactly the way they do."
After less than a two-month engagement, Amy married longtime friend King in a country-chic wedding on the grounds of Horton Farms near Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2015. The couple appeared on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars in early 2017, where they worked on the issues in their marriage and ultimately decided to stay together.
In December 2018, Amy got candid about their sex life, telling PEOPLE that they have sex "all the time" and that they were ready to start a family. "The kids are coming," Dillon added. "We've been practicing."
It was a fact: the pair announced in April 2019 that they're expecting their first child together, due in October.