The Surprising Nickname Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Husband Ben Have Planned for Baby Spurgeon
Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Ben Seewald's son turns 1 week old today
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Their 1-week-old son, whose full name Spurgeon Elliot Seewald was revealed Wednesday, will be called Quincy.
Jessa, 23, confirmed the surprising nickname on Facebook after a fan commented on her recent post about the baby’s name, asking whether their son would go by Spurgeon or Elliot.
“Both, but everybody still calls him Quincy!” Jessa replied with a smiley-face emoji.
In the big name-reveal video released by TLC on Wednesday, Jessa also mentioned that the couple had long referred to their first child as Quincy.
“His nickname has been Quincy since we first found out we were pregnant,” Jessa said with a smile in the clip.
Why? During her pregnancy, the new mom explained the nickname’s origin on her family friends’ blog.
“When we first found out that we were expecting a baby, Ben and I were talking about a letter theme for our kids and Ben suggested, ‘Why don’t we go with the letter Q’?’ lol!” she wrote. “Of course that was a joke, but from that point, Ben started calling our little one ‘Quincy,’ and the nickname just sorta stuck.”
The newborn is named after Charles Spurgeon, a British preacher who lived from 1834-1892. His middle name, Elliot, was given to him in honor of late missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, who worked in South America.
Jessa and Ben, 20, welcomed Spurgeon Nov. 5. The baby weighed 9 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 21 inches long at birth.
“We want to give him a strong name, with a lot of meaning,” Jessa explained, adding that she favored names “of heroes from the Christian faith.”
“He is going to have this name for the rest of his life,” Ben said.
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