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Anna Duggar Reveals Meaning Behind Maryella’s Name

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On Thanksgiving Eve, the Duggar family grew! Josh and Anna welcomed their sixth child to the world. She is Jim Bob and Michelle’s 16th grandchild.

On social media, the mom of six announced that the baby’s name is Maryella Hope. Her older siblings are Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith, and Mason.

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We had such a fun family day at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri yesterday. The kiddos always love it and the weather was great too — getting an early start to celebrating Christmas! It was great to get some walking in and hopefully our precious baby girl will be arriving soon (I’m due next week)! #littleduggars

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Since the birth of the child, Duggar fans have been talking about the baby’s name. Finally, Anna has created a social media post sharing the details of the baby’s name. Earlier this week, TV Shows Ace reported that, “Since Mary’s death, Duggar fans have been predicting that one of the new babies born soon will be named after her. Joe and Kendra named their daughter Addison Renee. Josiah and Lauren named their daughter Bella Milagro. Josh and Anna’s little girl was born most recently, and it seems that they decided to honor Josh’s late grandmother.”

Well, it seems that Duggar fans are correct to assume that the baby’s name has something to do with the family’s late grandmother.

Grandma Mary Duggar’s sudden death

Duggar fans know that the family tragically lost their grandmother this year. Jim Bob’s mother, Mary Duggar, passed away suddenly. She was found in her swimming pool and was unconscious. This was a hard loss for every member of the large family. It was even worse because it was so sudden and unexpected. The family said that she was very healthy prior to the accident.

Anna explains baby’s name

On Saturday, the mom posted a picture of the baby with two of her siblings with Maryella’s name displayed above the photo. Anna explained, “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.”

Then, she continues, “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.

Anna says, “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.”

Then, the mom writes, “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! 💕

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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

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In closing, she says, “Maryella Hope Duggar is such a blessing and we are so grateful for her!”

What do you think of the baby’s name and the meaning behind it? Leave a comment below.

Aubrey Meister

Aubrey Meister has been a freelance writer since March 2017. She enjoys writing, researching, spending time with her two cats, and of course, watching TV!
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