Former 19 Kids & Counting star Josh and Anna Duggar recently welcomed their sixth child, a daughter named Maryella Hope, and the couple has just revealed the meaning of their daughter’s name in an Instagram post after numerous Counting On fans asked questions.
Josh and Anna are already the parents of Mackenzie, 9, Michael, 8, Marcus, 6, Meredith, 3, and Mason, 2. And on Saturday, Anna posted a pic of baby Maryella with Meredith and Mason, and she explained in a lengthy caption that they chose their daughter’s name to honor Josh’s late grandmother, Mary Duggar.
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So many of you have asked…so here’s the story behind the name Maryella Hope! 👶🏻 Soon after we found out baby #6 was a girl we began name discussing name ideas and we thought we had it narrowed down. 📜 When Josh’s grandma passed away we considered the name Mary, but we were hesitant because Grandma (Mary Duggar) was such a special lady and we wanted our daughter’s name to be a reminder of how special Grandma was and carry on her legacy, but without feeling like we were trying to replace her. 👵🏼 Soon, our baby name list that we had narrowed down to 3 names had grown to a list of about dozen Mary-hyphenated names. As we continued chatting about names, Josh and I both fell in love with the name Maryella! ♥️ We chose Hope for her middle name because of the Hope we have because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Jesus is the ultimate demonstration of love and hope. Jesus layed down His sinless life on the cross so we could be forgiven of our sins and one day live with Him in heaven forever when we die. We have Hope because of Christ! ✝️ During Maryella’s pregnancy there were so many unexpected joys, which included several more pregnancy announcements from family members! We also grieved alongside those we love the most, remembering life is fragile and sometimes very short. Even through the grief of the loss of loved ones we know that we have comfort, hope and strength as we look forward to one day being reunited in heaven with Jesus and our loved ones who are waiting for us there! 💕 Maryella Hope Duggar is such a blessing and we are so grateful for her! #littleduggars
Anna wrote that as soon as they found out they were having a girl, she and Josh started discussing name ideas and they thought they had it narrowed down. She said that when Josh’s grandmother passed away in late May they considered the name Mary, but they were hesitant. Anna explained that Grandma Mary was such a special lady, and they wanted their daughter’s name to be a reminder of how special she was and to carry on her legacy, but without feeling like they were trying to replace her.
“Soon, our baby name list that we had narrowed down to 3 names had grown to a list of about dozen Mary-hyphenated names, “ wrote Anna. “As we continued chatting about names, Josh and I both fell in love with the name Maryella! ♥️ We chose Hope for her middle name because of the Hope we have because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.”
The 31-year-old then told her followers more about Jesus, and she also revealed that during her pregnancy there were many unexpected joys, including more pregnancy announcements from other members of the Duggar family.
Anna said that they also grieved alongside those they love the most, and that prompted them to remember how fragile life is and how short it can be. Despite their grief over losing loved ones, Anna says that they have comfort, hope, and strength because they will one day be reunited with them in heaven.
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🎀 Maryella Hope Duggar 🎀 – – – – – – – – – – – 8lbs 2oz ⚖️ 20 1/2 inches 📏 – – – – – – – – – – – Born at 9:12AM ⏱ 11.27.19 🗓 Maryella Hope arrived one day ahead of Thanksgiving Day 2019 and a great reminder to be grateful for all God has done for us! We are so excited and thankful to God for His special blessing giving us this precious, happy & healthy baby girl! #littleduggars
The mom-of-six then wrapped up her post by saying that Maryella Hope Duggar is a blessing, and she and Josh are grateful for her.
Anna delivered Maryella on Wednesday, November 27th at 9:12 a.m., and she weighed in at eight pounds, two ounces. The newest Grand-Duggar measured 20 inches long.
“On Thanksgiving eve our hearts are overflowing with joy and gratefulness for the arrival of our sixth child!” the couple said in a statement to Us Weekly. “Anna had a fast labor and delivery without complications. We are so thankful for a beautiful, healthy baby girl!”
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