Jessa Duggar drops huge gender hint and baby's nickname all at once

Oct 12, 2015 at 1:51 p.m. ET

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald haven’t shared the gender of their baby yet, but the just-revealed nickname gives us a huge hint.

Jessa just posted this photo on her Instagram page, which shows her nine-month baby bump. The 19 Kids and Counting star has been keeping fans updated throughout her pregnancy but has yet to reveal the gender or baby name.


She did, however, reveal the nickname and whether she would follow in her parents' footsteps with the baby name letter theme. Jessa’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, gave all 19 of their kids names that start with the letter J.

“When we first found out that we were expecting a baby, Ben and I were talking about a letter theme for our kids and Ben suggested, 'Why don't we go with the letter Q?'" she revealed on the Duggar Family Blog. "Of course that was a joke, but from that point, Ben started calling our little one 'Quincy,' and the nickname just sorta stuck."

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Quincy is actually categorized as a boy’s name of English origin. Does this mean the couple will be having a boy? They do already know the gender but wanted to keep it a surprise for the fans. Jessa admitted it has been tough keeping the gender a surprise.

“Ben and I had an ultrasound at 19 weeks to find out our baby’s gender. Ben was okay with keeping it a surprise, but I just couldn’t wait. I had to know! We decided at that point that we would keep it to ourselves and let it be a surprise for the rest of the Seewald and Duggar extended families when the baby is born. So far we haven’t told anyone…but I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to keep a secret. I always want to use pronouns like 'he/she' in conversation but have had to focus on saying 'the baby' instead,” she said.

Many parents give their baby a nickname before they are born, and sometimes it even sticks, and they go with that as the actual name. Quincy is an adorable name that would be perfect for a boy or a girl. In fact, many parents are shunning traditional “boy” or “girl” names. For example, Mila Kunis’ baby girl is named Wyatt, and Blake Lively’s baby girl is named James.

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Jessa and Ben actually let fans vote on the gender and name of their baby, and they overwhelmingly said the couple would be having a girl named Savannah. The names Sarah, Olivia, Rachel and Hope also made the list. If the couple had a boy, fans thought they would name him Luke, Zachary or Sawyer.

She did reveal that even though they were calling the baby Quincy, they didn’t think they would stick with the Q baby name theme.

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“We have talked about it, and we’re not planning to go with a specific letter theme,” she said. “But we like the idea of using names with lots of meaning behind them, such as names of people who have been great heroes of the Christian faith. And we like the idea of incorporating family names as well. We have been asking our siblings to give name suggestions for both a boy and a girl, and it’s been fun to hear their ideas. Who knows? Maybe we’ll go with one of their suggestions!”

Tell us: Regardless of gender, do you think they should stick with the name Quincy? Or should they go with the fan-favorite names of Savannah or Luke? Weigh in below.