So, new spawn has arrived, and its name is Spurgeon. Ben and Jessa Duggar Seewald have a baby boy, and if you’re puzzled by the name, you’re not alone.
Spurgeon is not what happens when a sturgeon has sex with a porpoise, even though that is a very good guess. It’s also not the name of a surgeon who specializes in pecs.
The name is an anagram for Purge Son, which could mean that Spurgeon will be used for parts, should any future children have birth defects. That’d be a pretty sneaky way for these parents of a child named Spurgeon Elliot Seewald to be transparent about the usefulness of this child. But, that’s just another guess and not something the couple is corroborating at this time.
It seems the name stems from a famous baptist preacher named Charles Spurgeon, who also goes by the moniker “Prince of Preachers” in Christian communities. There’s also a school named after him, called Spurgeon’s College, which is an evangelical Christian theological college in South Norwood Hill, Croydon in London.
So, y’know, new Spurgeon can just pretend that it’s his school because how many people could have this as their first name? Two?
According to the website Name Playground, which tracks the popularity of names over time, Spurgeon was first made popular as a first name for boys in 1883. Then it fell out of favour in 1918. Now, the average age of someone named Spurgeon is 109.46. Which means most Spurgeons are likely dead – until now.
But the meaning of the name really depends on who you ask. Urban Dictionary user Hoss420 added Spurgeon to the site’s catalogue of words in 2013, with this as its most popular definition:
“A beer guzzlin, bacon frying, big d–k swingin’ bad-ass motherf—er. Someone you really want to have on your side when s–t hits the fan. Someone you’d let nail your old lady just for the story. A man that makes Chuck Norris tremble just hearing his name. Someone that seeps testosterone out of every pore of his body. Spurgeon, the man of all men.”
So, just to reiterate: Spurgeon is not a fish, nor a euphemism for something to do with sperm. It’s a name, albeit an old, dated name, that hasn’t been peak popular since the 19th century. Or it’s a name of a guy who could beat Chuck Norris in some modern duel. And now it’s a Duggar’s name. Will the name spread like a Kate Gosselin haircut? This story is developing.