When you think about the megafamily of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, lots of questions come to mind. Like: Why all the kids? And How do they stay sane? And What will Michelle and the girls do with all their spare time once they finally finish changing diapers? And Come on – would it really be that big a sin if the Duggar girls wore jeans once in a while?
Then, of course, there’s the inevitable: So what’s with all the “J” names? As any Duggar follower knows, all 19 of their children, from oldest son Joshua to little Josie, have the same first initial. Even the baby Michelle recently miscarried, God rest her soul, was named Jubilee.
In her blog on the family’s website, Michelle explains their decision.
“There’s no quick answer, but it started with our first child,” she writes. “Emotionally, we loved the Bible name Joshua. So we named our first child Josh after him.”
She goes on to say that they thought about naming their next son Caleb – the Biblical Joshua’s friend – but her next pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.
They went on to have fraternal twins, a son and daughter. Michelle and Jim Bob named their son John-David, and then decided on Jana for their daughter. “My grandmother’s name was Ana, and we put the J on the front because we wanted to show honor, and we thought that Ana was a great person in the scriptures as well.”
Then came Duggar #4, and by then they’d kind of committed to the theme. When it came naming time, “we thought, ‘Well, if this is the last baby that we have, it would be terrible if we had Josh, Jana, John and then…Marianne. Because they might say, “Why didn’t you name me with a J”?’ ” Jill it was.
So even though they didn’t intend to start a tradition, “We didn’t want to leave anybody out after that, and so the J names stuck.”
For those of you keeping track, the rest of the crew is Jessa, Jinger (pronounced “Ginger”), Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie.
And, as Duggarites also know, Michelle and Jim Bob will continue to expand their family if the good Lord wills it. Fortunately, the names Jessica, Jared, Jonathan, Jethro, Jenna and Jaden are still up for grabs.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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