TLC reality TV stars Jessa Duggar Seewald and Ben Seewald welcomed their second child, another boy last week. The newest member of the large Duggar clan joins big brother, Spurgeon Elliot, who is named after famed British preacher Charles Spurgeon and martyred missionary Jim Elliot. When I heard she’d had another baby boy, I wondered if he’d have an equally meaningful name—and yesterday the Seewalds revealed that he does.
Their new son is named Henry Wilberforce Seewald, after Bible commentary writer Matthew Henry and fervent preacher and abolitionist William Wilberforce, who relentlessly and successfully campaigned to end the slave trade in the British empire in his lifetime.
“He was very instrumental in abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, as well as doing a lot of other great things,” Ben Seewald says. “He’s a real hero of ours.”
They describe their baby naming process and give you a glimpse of their cute boys in the TLC video below.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the name “Spurgeon,” but I can get behind the meaning. However, Henry Wilberforce just sounds lovely to me—perhaps because Wilberforce is a familiar name to me, as a local college in my area is named after William Wilberforce as well.
In an age when people name their babies the weirdest and most unique things they can seem to think of, I do appreciate that the Seewalds have put thought into giving their sons names of great men with values that have gone down in history as positive and even heroic. Sure, it’s a lot to live up to, but it’s way better than being named “Avocado” or something else super hipster-ish. Are you with me?
We wish the Seewalds the best as they transition to being a family of four and as they continue to live life on-camera in “Jill and Jessa: Counting On.”