Duggar Baby Names: What Will The Duggars Name Baby #20?
Here's what we're sure of: the baby's name will start with a J. (View a list of the Duggars' childrens' names.) However, within the rigid adherence to a single initial, the Duggars have actually employed a number of strategies, giving them a bit of room to play around.
Take a look at the most recent choices. Jennifer Danielle, born in 2007, could easily have been born in any community in the US circa 1980. A more classic girl's name combination is hard to come by, but for a contemporary baby, it has the tinge of faded popularity.
But Jennifer's next-oldest sister, born 22 months earlier in 2005, was named Johannah Faith -- an edgy name by contemporary standards. Johannah, which last made the charts, just barely, in the 1880s, has a bit of a foreign edge, which is rare for the Duggars. It's a middle-Latin derived name meaning "God is gracious," with popular versions in Greek, Autsrian, Polish, Scottish and Welsh. It's also a mere two letters' difference from her sister's name, Joy-Anna.
And Jennifer Danielle's younger sister, born 15 months later? She was christened Jordyn-Grace Makiya. Jordyn, a trendy, girlish version of Jordan, has been leaping up in recent years till it's poised to break the top-100. Mikiya, among other things, is a Japanese inn.
In December 2009, the Duggars welcomed #19, Josie Brooklyn, a name we like.
In a general way, we suggest that the Duggars' boy names tend more toward the classic. Justin, Jackson, James, Jason and Joshua are powerhouse names, even today. The girls' names flit more between styles, betraying a bit of naming playfulness around the edges of the unchanging initial "J." What is reality tv's most famous super-huge family having this time? According to today's announcement, they'll find out around Christmas.
Take a gander at the different "name strategies" the Duggars have used, then read our ideas about each. Then in the comments, tell us your own ideas for fabulous "J" names undiscovered.
The Duggars have used:
- Classic J Names: Joshua, Justin, Joseph, James, Jennifer, Jill
- Biblical: Jeremiah, Jedediah (also in the middle names: Levi, Samuel)
- Double-Barreled J Names: John-David, Jordyn-Grace, Joy-Anna
- Alternately Spelled Names: Jinger
- Trendy Names: Jordyn-Grace, Jackson, Jessa (also in the recent middle names -- Makiya, Brooklyn)
For #20, Perhaps:
- Classic J Names: Jude, Joel. For girls, the glaring gap is a name in the Julia family. Perhaps Julia, or if they're feeling frisky, Juliet?
- Biblical: Judah, Jezebel (unlikely, but wouldn't it be awesome?), or Junia (like Zac Hanson's stylish biblical baby)
- Double-Barrelled J Names: Jean-Pierre, Jean-Louise (the real name of To Kill a Mockingbird's "Scout" Finch. Another recent name inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Seven Beckham.)
- Alternately Spelled Names: Jenavieve
- Trendy Names: Jade or Jaden, Jessamy (like one of our favorite mom blog sibsets; the Duggars do have a precedent for using similar names), Jericho, Julissa
What would you name the 20th J-baby, if you had to?