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31 minutes ago, MargaretElliott said:

Oooh, I guessed Wilberforce! What do I win?

In all seriousness, I think Spurgeon will seriously resent his name one day, unless they end up naming at least 5 of their kids ridiculous names. But if he's the only one? Poor child. I honestly think Henry Wilberforce is a solid name. Middle names can be weird, but Henry is a good name- means "Ruler of the Home" according to the googles. Perhaps he'll be a strong headship... or he'll be a fussy, irritable little kid who'll drive his parents mad. They got lucky with Spurgeon. Time will tell. 

And @VelociRapture, I'm a Degreed History Professional (TM) and the Tudors, while not my area of expertise, drives me up the wall! The costumes are so inaccurate, the etiquette is all wrong, and that doesn't even begin to cover the actual events represented... I can't watch it. I just end up yelling at the screen a lot. I'm sure it's a good show for entertainment value, but I'm pedantic and nit-picky as a person, so I can't deal with it.

Sidebar: if anyone else is obsessed with historical costumes and period dramas, check out Frock Flicks. They're a blog that snark on historical inaccuracies. It's hilarious.

As a nearly qualified Degreed History Professional (TM), I totally agree! I am awful to watch historical drama with. And I won't start on historical fiction, we would be here all day! I'm off to the blog now, thanks for the tip.

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I'm assuming they made a deal. Remember how long it took for Jessa to stop making Quincy happen. Ben got the first one and Jessa got this one. I'm also assuming Ben gets the next one and it'll be equa

I like to think of myself as a mature person, but I would snicker if they called them Spurgy and Willy. 

Long time lurker but I made an account just to point out that they named their kid .... HARRY WILLY 

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This is so weird but a few hours ago I was trying to sleep and the name Henry popped into my head and I shrugged it off thinking it was too normal.

I love the name Henry. And Wilberforce goes perfectly with it.

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Another Degreed History Professional (TM) here who cannot watch The Tudors. I recommend Hilary Mantel's books about Thomas Cromwell as a good antidote. 

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Gonna be honest, Henry is one of my absolute least favorite guy names ever. At least for Americans. Still, it's leagues better than Spurgeon (and Wilberforce? Wtf were they thinking???)

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CreationMuseumSeasonPass

So if the next kid gets a first name from Ben, and it's a girl...well, God help her. 

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TheBitterBug

I don't get the snarking on Wilberforce - it sounds nice enough (which is the real objection to Spurgeon) and WW was by all accounts a pretty fine chap.  It's definitely a name you could pull off as a first name, go by Will and people only think your parents were slightly eccentric.

Poor, Poor, Spurge...

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Nicole Jinger Duggar

Holy crap this blew up. My two cents on the name...

 

"Unique name"?? Henry isn't a unique name honies. But I guess saying "normal first name and unique middle name" weren't special enough?

 

I can't believe part of my guess was right, even though it wasn't the right order. 

Upon seeing the thread name, I must admit the bros' names go nicely together. But again...why not Elliot Spurgeon if they're fine with Henry being the new little guy's first name? Poor Spurge. Can't even find consolation in it being a family trend.

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frugalitymom

Definitely agree that Jessa put her foot down and insisted on Henny for the first name. It's a cute name and I see last names of Christian leaders is the theme so far. Now to see if they start calling Surge Elliot and use the excuse it's easier for him and Henry to pronounce.

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JermajestyDuggar

Why didn't they go with Elliot Spurgeon?!?!?!?!?

 

ugh. I guess they learned their lesson. The weird name is for the middle name. NOT the first!

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BlessaYourHeart

The smart thing to do in regards of changing Spurge to Elliot would be to wait until he's starting to talk and use the excuse he can't pronounce Spurgeon, 

My grandmother did this with like all of her kids. All the girls are known my their middle name or a shortened version of their name. Grandmother used family names as first names that she wasn't fond of to please people but got her own way by calling them by their middle names 

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Exposedknees

Poor Spurgey. Henry is such a classic name.

I guess they chose " Wilberforce" an abolitionist, because Ben has ONE black friend. 

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2 minutes ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

Spurge & Hank.

 

*snort*

Sounds like a porn euphemism..." I'm gonna go spurge and hank..."

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56 minutes ago, MargaretElliott said:

Oooh, I guessed Wilberforce! What do I win?

In all seriousness, I think Spurgeon will seriously resent his name one day, unless they end up naming at least 5 of their kids ridiculous names. But if he's the only one? Poor child. I honestly think Henry Wilberforce is a solid name. Middle names can be weird, but Henry is a good name- means "Ruler of the Home" according to the googles. Perhaps he'll be a strong headship... or he'll be a fussy, irritable little kid who'll drive his parents mad. They got lucky with Spurgeon. Time will tell. 

And @VelociRapture, I'm a Degreed History Professional (TM) and the Tudors, while not my area of expertise, drives me up the wall! The costumes are so inaccurate, the etiquette is all wrong, and that doesn't even begin to cover the actual events represented... I can't watch it. I just end up yelling at the screen a lot. I'm sure it's a good show for entertainment value, but I'm pedantic and nit-picky as a person, so I can't deal with it.

Sidebar: if anyone else is obsessed with historical costumes and period dramas, check out Frock Flicks. They're a blog that snark on historical inaccuracies. It's hilarious.

I just went down that rabbit hole (Frock flicks) it's fantastic!

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3 minutes ago, BlessaYourHeart said:

The smart thing to do in regards of changing Spurge to Elliot would be to wait until he's starting to talk and use the excuse he can't pronounce Spurgeon

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that would be the perfect solution :)

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BlessaYourHeart
2 minutes ago, goldengrove said:

that would be the perfect solution :)

There's a few horrendous names in my family so we have became masters at adapting names lol

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season of life

That is unfair to Spurgeon. Henry is a handsome name. Wilberforce works as a middle name because most people don't know your middle name unless you tell them. Spud got stuck with such a weird name.

Jessa needs to name all their children if Spurgeon and Wilberforce are the best names Ben can come up with.

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ViolaSebastian

I tend to think of middle names as the "free skate" of baby naming. Want to name baby after great-granny, who was a sweet woman, but was named Beulah? There you go. Want to honor your Austrian heritage? Schartzmugel, there you go. But the first name? No.

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The oddness of #1's first name and #2's middle name aside, is anyone else THRILLED that #2 did NOT get an "S" name?  Here's hoping the Dullards follow suit and their #2 isn't Isaiah/Isaac/Ishmael/any other boy's name that begins with an "I". 

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faraway

Why do they forcibly name their kids after history figures' LAST NAMES? That's so fucking weird. Ben has so many fucked up ideas, that boy needs a job ASAP.

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I think Wilberforce is a worse name than Spurgeon, so...I'll give mighty props to the Seewald parent who ultimately made the decision to designate Wilberforce a midden name.

Once Henry is outside the cult, because historically how many cults last into a 3rd generation, especially when education is nil and actual work is above all the adults involved, he can be known as Henry W. Seewald, brother to S. Elliot Seewald.

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19 minutes ago, JermajestyDuggar said:

Spurge & Hank.

 

*snort*

 

16 minutes ago, Exposedknees said:

Sounds like a porn euphemism..." I'm gonna go spurge and hank..."

I think it's more along the lines of the sounds one makes while suffering with the flu...

...which means that *snort* fits right in and will probably be #3's nickname...

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OyToTheVey

As someone with a very simple first name that people still mess it up, I really do feel bad for Spurgeon. He got the short end of the stick. No one is gonna miss pronounce Henry. 

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