“19 Kids and Counting” alum Jessa Duggar Seewald named her son Spurgeon Elliot six days after being hospitalized for a dangerous home birth. Jessa and husband Ben Seewald explained why they named their son Spurgeon in a YouTube video posted Nov. 11 (see video).
“His name is Spurgeon Elliot Seewald,” said Jessa. “Why we named him that: Charles Spurgeon was a preacher who lived back in the 19th century and he had a big impact on our lives. Elliot, that was the last name of Jim Elliot and Elizabeth Elliot, and Jim Elliot was a missionary.”
Jessa, 23, and Ben, 20, said their son’s nickname is “Quincy.” “His nickname has been Quincy since we first found out we were pregnant,” said Jessa.
Meanwhile, fans slammed the peculiar name choice, saying “Spurgeon” sounds weird and will ensure he gets bullied:
Thank God all the Duggar kids are home schooled. That name just screams ‘beat me up daily!’ in public school. Yikes! Cute baby though.”
Another fan wrote, “Did they have to name him after a preacher AND a missionary???? Seriously? #TryingTooHard.”
Jessa is doing well after being rushed to the hospital for excessive bleeding Nov. 5 following a risky home birth. Jessa and the Duggar family were slammed for endangering her life and that of her baby by delivering her baby at home when she was week past her due date.
Jessa gave birth on Nov. 5: her son was big — 9 pounds, 11 ounces, and 21 and 1/4 inches long. In 2014, Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar Dillard, delivered her son Israel via an emergency C-section following an agonizing 70-hour labor.
Jill had initially tried to home-birth her baby, but was forced to go to the hospital due to complications. Jill remained hospitalized for several days afterward.
Meanwhile, Jessa is thrilled her childbirth will be featured on her upcoming three-part TLC TV show, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled several months ago. The TV specials will provide much-needed income since she and Ben are unemployed. Ben is currently in seminary school studying to become a pastor.
The entire Duggar family lost most of their regular income after “19 Kids and Counting” was canceled amid Josh Duggar’s child molestation sex scandal. The Duggar family earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” The show aired 227 episodes spanning 10 seasons from 2008 to 2015.
The Duggars have since reportedly lost income totaling over $25 million a year as a result of lost book deals, endorsement and speaking engagements stemming from their TV show’s cancellation. Jessa’s three-part TV special, “Jill & Jessa: Counting On,” airs on TLC in December.