The real meaning of John David and Abbie Duggar's new baby's name

Counting On stars John David and Abbie Duggar have welcomed their first child, a girl, into the world. The couple announced they were having a baby last August, confirming fan suspicions that they were having a girl a couple weeks later.

Abbie had a difficult pregnancy. Her husband told Us Weekly that she suffered from severe morning sickness and was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. It was so severe that Abbie was even hospitalized more than once. "We made multiple visits to the ER for dehydration," said John David. "She couldn't eat, pretty much, or drink, or anything. So she was actually on IVs and had IVs at home. So that was a pretty scary time."

John David and Abbie Duggar are thrilled to be parents

Thankfully, Abbie safely delivered the couple's first child, Grace Annette Duggar, into the world on January 7, 2020. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20-3/4 inches long.

"Our lives have changed forever with the arrival of our baby girl," the couple wrote on the family website. "She is a beautiful gift from God! We are so blessed the Lord has given her to us. "It's still surreal to know that we are really parents, but it's a great new adventure that we are excited to take on together!"

The couple also shared a sweet picture of baby Grace on Instagram, writing, "We are quite smitten by our new bundle of joy and are soaking in all of her little newborn snuggles!

What does Grace Annette Duggar's name mean?

According to Behind the Name, Grace is a virtue name that dates back to the 17th century Puritans. It ultimately comes from the Latin word "gratia."

The name Annette is a French version of the English name Anne which can be traced back to the Hebrew name Hannah. Interestingly, Grace's middle name is related to her first name as the name Hannah means "favor" or "grace." The name can be found in the Old Testament.

It makes sense that the Duggars would pick two lovely names that tie into their Christian faith. Welcome to the world, Grace Annette!