Jessa Duggar Explains Why She Named Her Son Spurgeon

It's a boy with an unusual (and meaningful!) name for Jessa Duggar Seewald and Ben Seewald.
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Jessa Duggar Seewald and Ben Seewald have finally revealed the baby name they picked for their brand-new son—and odds are, it's not on your short list! They chose Spurgeon Elliot.

Spurgeon is a surname name, in honor of 19th-century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, who has a London theological college named after him. Spurgeon doesn't even make the baby name lists, which means that fewer than five children in the U.S. bear the name in any given year. (And I'd lay odds this little guy might be the only one—at least until the Duggar fans decide to emulate Jessa and Ben!)

The middle name, Elliot, is a lot more common. Elliot has Biblical ties, as a variation on the prophet Elijah's name. And the name has a very religious meaning: "Jehovah is God." It's currently sitting at #217 with this spelling, but Elliott (with two Ts) also ranks in the top 250 baby names in the U.S. But the Duggars didn't pick it for its Biblical roots—it was chosen to honor South American missionaries Jim and Elisabeth Elliot.

It's great that the baby name has so much meaning for the Seewalds, but Spurgeon feels like a tough sell (and a name ripe for playground mocking). I'd probably have swapped the baby name order myself.

But what do you think? Will Spurgeon catch on as a result of the Duggar seal of approval (or has all the controversy surrounding them lately made them a lot less influential)? And would you consider Spurgeon for your son?

If you're still looking for a great baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don't forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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