Josh & Anna Duggar Reveal They’re Expecting a Baby Girl, Explain Why They Won’t Be Naming Her After Recently Deceased Grandma Mary

“Sorry, Gran!”

Josh and Anna Duggar‘s latest spawn will be a girl, the couple announced via a gender reveal video posted on Thursday. Although the couple has used names beginning with “M” for all five of their existing children, don’t expect them to name Baby No. 6 after Josh’s recently deceased grandma, Mary!

As The Ashley previously reported, Josh spoke at the funeral of Grandma Mary, who died tragically earlier this month due to an accidental drowning. While Anna has posted about the close relationship that she and her kids— Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, Meredith and Mason—  had with Mary, she nixed the idea of naming their unborn daughter after the deceased Duggar matriarch.

“With Grandma’s passing last week, this 6th gender reveal is a reminder of her love,” Anna wrote in an Instagram post explaining that Mary helped start the tradition of Duggar Family gender reveals when Anna was expecting their first child, Mackynzie. “I’m so glad we were able to share the news of our third little girl with Great-Grandma before she went to be with Jesus!”

When a fan made the suggestion that Anna and Josh honor Mary by giving their baby her name, Anna explained why they aren’t considering the name.

“Meredith is called Merry or Dithy,” Anna wrote in the comment section of her post. “I think it’s easier for the little kids to say Dithy so it’s currently the most popular nickname.” 

Although they won’t be using Mary for the name of their sixth child, it’s likely that they will choose an “M” name for their baby girl. (It’s probably safe to say “Madison” –as in Ashley Madison, the website Josh used in 2015 to cheat on Anna— is out as a name possibility for Josh’s future daughters.)

Anna and Josh announced that they were expecting their sixth child back in April. 

“We couldn’t be happier to share with the world that our family is growing by one this fall,” the couple told Us Weekly in a statement. “We continually stand amazed by God’s love, redemption, grace and blessings in our lives. Our entire little family is ecstatic!”

Anna has basically been a Duggar Baby Machine since she married Josh in September 2008. After the wedding, she immediately became pregnant with daughter Mackynzie, who is now 9. The couple proceeded to have another kid about every two years and are now also parents to Michael, 7, Marcus, 5, Meredith, 3, and Mason, 19 months.

Anna will have lots of company in the Duggar Family Maternity Room (aka their living room couch/floor/toilet). Her sister-in-law Kendra Duggar— wife of Joseph Duggar— is expecting her second kid. Josh’s cousin Amy Duggar is also pregnant with her first child, as is Lauren Duggar, wife of Josiah DuggarJoy and Austin Forsyth are expecting their second child. All of these new Duggar babies will be born before the end of the year.

Watch Anna and Josh’s gender reveal video below.


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IT’S A… 🥁 This is the 6th gender reveal for our little family and it always so exciting! Each child God has given us is unique and special — we all look forward to the arrival of our daughter / sister this fall! 🎀🍁🍂 This morning Jessa sent over an article which mentioned our first gender reveal with Mackynzie on the Today Show as something that helped popularize gender reveal cakes 10 years ago. 🍰 (while it’s hard to believe it’s been that long, it also reminded us to get this video posted! 🙈) A little behind the scenes story: When I was expecting Kynzie, Grandma Duggar excitedly told me of a “new trend” that featured baking a gender reveal cake. Grandma asked if she and Amy could bake one for us?!?! Josh and I loved the idea and that was our plan…until our producers heard about the idea and it grew quite a bit! Buddy the Cake Boss ended up baking the first gender reveal cake for us! We were thrilled to cut into our pink cake with Meredith Vieira in NYC. All that to say, Grandma was the one who sparked this special tradition for our family and it sounds like a lot of other families have enjoyed the idea over the years as well! With Grandma’s passing last week, this 6th gender reveal is a reminder of her love — I’m so glad we were able to share the news of our third little girl with Great-Grandma before she went to be with Jesus! #littleduggars

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RELATED STORY: Duggar Family Attends Grandma Mary Duggar’s Funeral: TLC Films for ‘Counting On’, Josh Duggar Speaks & Jill Dillard Posts Photos of the Casket

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  1. “With Grandma’s passing last week, this 6th gender reveal is a reminder of her love,”

    Or of gross people having gross sex with each other. Potato Potata.

  2. Does anyone else find it odd that Anna thinks it’s normal for children to struggle to pronounce “Mary”?
    This seems like the sort of thing that evil, public schools would use those awful secular speech therapists for, though. *massages temples*

    1. Lots of kids have a hard time pronouncing any word with the letter r. Mary can come out sounding like Mawy.

      1. Agreed, but that should be transient (the ‘r’ in my name was pronounced as a ‘y’ until I got the hang of it. My dad still calls by that sometimes. That ‘v’ was alternately ‘w’ or ‘b’ is also revisited when he gets bored).
        It’s more that Anna gives off this matter-of-fact “it’ll be a ‘forever’ issue and there’s nothing that could possibly be done to address it” vibe.
        Also that if you’re going to be having a crapload of kids whose names all start with “M”, you can’t start nixing letters of the alphabet, because that even starts taking the 16th kid’s weird backup names out of commission (Mortimer or Marvin, anyone?). You’re trapped in a cult and your husband is a pedophile who had multiple affairs. Like, the possibility of having a kid pronounce his name as “Mahwuk” for a year or two should not be one of your more pressing issues.

  3. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (comment token failure) *]
    Poor baby girl… dont have children with child molesters!

  4. They never talk about Kailyn like that. Kail gets all praise on this site. Everybody says they are kiss azz with Kail on this site. Kail must be a mole.

    1. I read that and had to scroll back up to confirm that there was not already a Mikayla. My money is on that.

  5. This gender news is awful. Anna is a fool. Another daughter is going to be taught that all a woman is good for is having a ton of children, and taking care of a man. I’m pretty sure that Mackenzie is being forced to raise her siblings. After all, Josh and Anna think that’s okay.

    1. Agreed…. I don’t know how anyone can be excited for this family. He is a disgusting human being and should be behind bars. I would have NEVER let him near me or my children ever again. Anna is a robot and is brainwashed, jut like the rest of the family!

  6. I often think how this website is the lowest in class I’ve likely ever known. Why I have frequented it is beyond comprehension. From here out, I will only read the titles to gain the news. (If I do even that.) Leave the crap. Calling children (anyone’s children) “spawn” and mocking someone as sweet as Anna with the name ‘Ashley Madison’…? That’s not a joke, it’s cruel.

    1. So weird. A website that says “news and snark about your favorite reality shows” using snark. Why so mad?

    2. Youshouldthink you’re a moron. This is SATIRE. You know exactly what you clicked onto. Thank God for fun humor like the Ashley has to make a bleak or bad situation into something you can giggle over for us loyal readers… Clutch your fuckin pearls bitch and get over it.

    3. Which Dug are you? Homegrown or married in?

      My guess? Married in and trying real hard to convince yourself that this family isn’t about 15 degrees off normal…

    4. “I hate this website! It’s so terrible! I mean, Imma still come here…but I’m not going to read the whole articles! Headlines only!”

      Yeah, YouShouldThink, you’re really showing The Ashley.

    5. It’s a funny thing, I don’t see anyone else complaining?? You realize by now the Ashley is a humorous, sarcastic site, no?Then perhaps you should take a long, hard look at yourself and ask, “Why do I continue coming to this website time after time searching for ground breaking news stories??” Hmm…. Something to ponder 🤔

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