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Anna Duggar confirms daughter Maryella’s name is a nod to Grandma Mary Duggar

Anna Duggar during a Counting On confessional.
Anna and Josh Duggar give a nod to Grandma Mary with their new little girl. Pic credit: TLC

Anna Duggar revealed that her newest daughter’s name is indeed a nod to Grandma Mary Duggar. Maryella Hope Duggar was born last Wednesday, just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

It has been heavily speculated that Mary may have been the chosen name for the newest child Anna and Josh would be welcoming into the world. The rest of their children’s names all begin with M, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch.

On Instagram, Anna Duggar told the story of how Maryella came to be the chosen name. She said, in part, “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.”

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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 #baby #Maryella #Duggar #babygirl

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The Duggar family has been through a lot as a whole this year, something Anna Duggar also mentioned when revealing the story behind her newest daughter’s name. She was pregnant with several of her sisters-in-law.

All welcomed little girls this year, with Abbie Grace Burnett still pregnant and welcoming a little girl in January. Joy-Anna Duggar was also due in November with a little girl, but she lost her at around 20 weeks back in June.

Despite all of the loss, the family still has hope. That is where Maryella’s middle name comes from. They are a faith-based family, and they have talked at length about it.

Anna and Josh Duggar chose Hope to pair with the name honoring his late grandma, and there was no other option after they settled on that.

Maryella Hope Duggar is the newest Duggar grandbaby and joined her cousins Addison and Bella, who were also born in November 2019. It has been a busy year for the family, and her birth is the last one.

Tiffany has been working as a writer for a decade, with a focus on soaps and reality TV. She has been watching ABC soaps since... read more
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