The Duggar family has 19 children and 19 grandchildren from parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. They have been the subject of two television shows, 19 Kids and Counting, which aired on TLC from 2008 to 2015 and Counting On, which began airing on TLC in 2015. They have also been the subject of a number of TV specials on various channels. Jim Bob and Michelle raised their children following the teachings of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, although many of the married children have started to veer from these teachings with their own families.


Jim Bob and Michelle in September of 2019


Anniversary: July 21, 1984[1]

Jim Bob and Michelle own commercial and residential real estate and do speaking engagements.


Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Joshua James Duggar March 3, 1988[1] married to Anna Keller with six children
Caleb Ryan Duggar January 23, 1989[2] miscarriage
2 Jana Marie Duggar January 12, 1990[1] fraternal twin to John-David Duggar
3 John-David Duggar January 12, 1990[1] fraternal twin to Jana Duggar, married to Abbie Burnett with one child
4 Jill Michelle Dillard May 17, 1991[1] married to Derick Dillard with two children
5 Jessa Lauren Seewald November 4, 1992[1] married to Ben Seewald with three children
6 Jinger Nicole Vuolo December 21, 1993[1] married to Jeremy Vuolo with two children
7 Joseph Garrett Duggar January 20, 1995[1] married to Kendra Caldwell with two children
8 Josiah Matthew Duggar August 28, 1996[1] married to Lauren Swanson with one child
9 Joy-Anna Forsyth October 28, 1997[1] married to Austin Forsyth with two children
10 Jedidiah Robert Duggar December 30, 1998[1] fraternal twin to Jeremiah Duggar
11 Jeremiah Robert Duggar December 30, 1998[1] fraternal twin to Jedidiah Duggar
12 Jason Michael Duggar April 21, 2000[1]
13 James Andrew Duggar July 7, 2001[1]
14 Justin Samuel Duggar November 15, 2002[1] engaged to Claire Spivey[3]
15 Jackson Levi Duggar May 23, 2004[1] birth featured in Discovery Health special 14 Children and Pregnant Again!
16 Johannah Faith Duggar October 11, 2005[1] birth featured in Discovery Health special Raising 16 Children
17 Jennifer Danielle Duggar August 2, 2007[1] birth featured in Discovery Health special Duggars' Big Family Album
18 Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar December 18, 2008[1] birth featured in 18 Kids and Counting episode "And Baby Makes 18"
19 Josie Brooklyn Duggar December 10, 2009[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Special Duggar Delivery"
Jubilee Shalom Duggar December 11, 2011[4] stillborn; funeral featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "A Duggar Loss"

Josh's Family

Josh's family in March of 2020

Anna Renee Keller - born on June 23, 1988[1]

Anniversary: September 26, 2008[1] (wedding featured in 17 Kids and Counting episode "A Very Duggar Wedding")

Josh runs a used car lot.[5] Anna is a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Mackynzie Renee Duggar October 8, 2009[1] birth featured in 18 Kids and Counting episode "First GrandDuggar!"
Baby Duggar 2010[6] miscarriage
2 Michael James Duggar June 15, 2011[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "First Grandson"
3 Marcus Anthony Duggar June 2, 2013[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "GrandDuggar Makes 3!"
4 Meredith Grace Duggar July 16, 2015[1]
5 Mason Garrett Duggar September 12, 2017[1]
6 Maryella Hope Duggar November 27, 2019[7]

John's Family

John's family in April of 2020

Abbie Grace Burnett - born on April 16, 1992

Anniversary: November 3, 2018[8] (wedding featured in Counting On webisode "John David & Abbie's Wedding")

John currently works as the elected constable of Washington County, Arkansas[9]. Abbie is currently taking time off from her nursing career to focus on her new baby.[10]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Grace Annette Duggar January 7, 2020[11]

Jill's Family

Jill's family in February of 2020

Derick Michael Dillard - born on March 9, 1989[1]

Anniversary: June 21, 2014[1] (wedding featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Jill's Wedding")

Derick is currently studying law at the University of Arkansas.[12] Jill is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Israel David Dillard April 6, 2015[1] birth featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Jill's Special Delivery"
2 Samuel Scott Dillard July 8, 2017[1]

Jessa's Family

Jessa's family in April of 2020

Benjamin Michael Seewald - born on May 19, 1995[1]

Anniversary: November 1, 2014[1] (wedding featured in 19 Kids and Counting episode "Jessa's Wedding")

It is unknown what, if anything, Ben and Jessa do for a living.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Spurgeon Elliot Seewald November 5, 2015[1] birth featured in Counting On episode "Counting One More"
2 Henry Wilberforce Seewald February 6, 2017[1] birth featured in Counting On episode "A New Baby"
3 Ivy Jane Seewald May 26, 2019[13] birth featured in Counting On episode "A Surprise Delivey

Jinger's Family

Jinger's family in November 2020

Jeremy Joseph Vuolo - born on September 5, 1987[1]

Anniversary: November 5, 2016[1] (wedding featured in Counting On episodes "Jinger's Wedding" and "The Big Day")

Jeremy is currently attending The Master's Seminary.[14] Jinger is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Felicity Nicole Vuolo July 19, 2018[15] birth featured on Counting On webisode "Jinger & Jeremy's First Baby"
Baby Vuolo November 2019[16] miscarriage
2 Evangeline Jo Vuolo November 22, 2020[17]

Joseph's Family

Joe's family in August of 2020

Kendra Renee Caldwell - born on August 11, 1998[1]

Anniversary: September 8, 2017[1] (wedding featured in Counting On episodes "Joseph's Wedding" and "Joe and Kendra Say I Do")

Joseph currently works at one of his family's used car lots.[18] Kendra is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Garrett David Duggar June 8, 2018[19] birth featured on Counting On episode "Kendra Has A Baby"
2 Addison Renee Duggar November 2, 2019[20] birth featured on Counting On episode "A Baby Girl for Joe & Kendra"
3 Baby Duggar due February 2021[21]

Josiah's Family

Josiah's family in April of 2020

Lauren Milagro Swanson - born on May 18[22], 1999[23]

Anniversary: June 30, 2018[24] (wedding featured in Counting On webisode "Josiah & Lauren's Wedding")

Josiah currently works at one of his family's used car lots.[18] Lauren is currently a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Name Date of Birth Notes
Asa Duggar[25] October 4, 2018[26] miscarriage
1 Bella Milagro Duggar November 8, 2019[27]

Joy's family in August of 2020

Joy-Anna's Family

Austin Martyn Forsyth - born on December 11, 1993[1]

Anniversary: May 26, 2017[1] (wedding featured in Counting On episodes "Joy's Wedding" and "Joy and Austin Tie the Knot")

Austin and Joy currently work together flipping and selling houses.[28]

Name Date of Birth Notes
1 Gideon Martyn Forsyth February 23, 2018[29] birth featured on Counting On episode "A Birth-day and a Birthday"
Annabell Elise Forsyth June 2019[30] miscarriage
2 Evelyn Mae Forsyth August 21, 2020[31]

Justin's Family

Claire Spivey - born on February 27, 2001[32]

Justin and Claire in November of 2020


Michelle has had two miscarriages:

  • Caleb Ryan Duggar - first-trimester miscarriage on January 23, 1989, between Josh and twins Jana and John David
  • Jubilee Shalom Duggar - stillborn on December 11, 2011 weighing 4 oz and measuring 6 cm in length (miscarriage featured on 19 Kids and Counting episode "A Duggar Loss")

Tyler Hutchins

Tyler in November of 2019

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were granted temporary guardianship of Michelle's great-nephew, 8-year-old Tyler Hutchins, on August 26, 2016. This guardianship was made permanent on November 21, 2016. Tyler is the son of Rachel Hutchins, who signed off on the guardianship due to her inability to care for the child. Tyler was born on February 10, 2008.[33]

Family Bios


These are the bios that were shown on the 2006 television special Raising 16 Children.[34]

Favorite Pastime Favorite Food Future Goal
Josh video production enchiladas attorney
Jana babysitting chicken noodle soup midwife
John-David playing broomball chicken spaghetti contractor
Jill reading tacos missionary
Jessa sewing pickles beautician
Jinger riding horses lasagna chef
Joseph baseball lasagna carpenter
Josiah swimming lasagna missionary
Joy-Anna riding bikes scrambled eggs nurse
Jedidiah playing with dog pizza dad
Jeremiah play on playground soft pretzels artist
Jason riding horses vanilla ice cream fireman
James taking baths chicken stuffing policeman
Justin cleaning playroom chicken noodle soup builder
Jackson taking baths chicken stuffing big brother


These are the bios that were posted on the family's website in 2014.[35][36]

Favorite Bible Verse Favorite Bible Character/Story Favorite Song Favorite Quote Favorite episode Jurisdictions/Occupation Favorite Food Favorite Pasttime Favorite Family Trip Future Plans
Josh Joshua 1:9 Joshua How Great Thou Art A Very Duggar Wedding Executive Director, Family Research Council Action chili frito pie spending time with wife and kids Israel ?
Jana Col. 3 Esther, Job, David, Ruth To God Be the Glory “Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me; and sever every tie, but the tie that binds me to Thy service and Thy heart.” - David Livingstone Duggars Explore Central America kitchen, meal preparation, mailroom Italian & Mexican playing piano and violin, enjoying games with family girls' book tour (last family trip with everyone before the girls got married)
John-David 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Job How Great Thou Art Duggar's Big Thaw Tontitown firefighter and first responder, Tontitown police, construction Italian flying, playing piano Israel get married
Jill Psalm 91 David It is Well With My Soul “Lord, stamp on my eyes eternity.” -Jonathan Edwards Jill's Wedding, Going the Distance for Love homemaker, wife, mother Mexican spending time with husband Nepal raising children and missions
Jessa Acts 4:13 Paul Come Thou Fount “Faith is not believing that God will do this or that. It’s believing that whatever He does is right and good—and resting and trusting that." Jessa's Engagement, Jessa's Wedding, European Honeymoon wife and family's barber Mexican food like fajitas, fresh salsa, guacamole, and white queso, also pickles working out with Ben Europe honeymoon outreach in the community, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, and adopting lots of children
Jinger Gal. 2:20 Paul Until Then “Seeking greatness for ourselves may bring temporary acclaim, but serving God results in lasting gain.” Duggars Explore Central America laundry Mexican traveling with the family, photography, playing piano, shopping, cooking Central America missions trips to share the gospel in the community and abroad
Joseph Galatians 6:9 Paul And Can It Be? ? real estate maintenance Italian and Mexican working out and playing sports Colorado ski trip construction, work with youth
Josiah 2 Timothy 2:15 Josiah How Great Thou Art World Tour: Duggars Last Stop real estate maitenance cheesy chicken spaghetti videography with brothers Israel small business owner
Joy-Anna Gal 6:9 Joseph There is a Redeemer "For God to increase, we must decrease." Duggars in El Salvador overseer chicken and sweet potatoes visit the Bates El Salvador missions, politics, and be a wife and mother some day
Jedidiah Prov. 7:2 Solomon I'd Rather Have Jesus Duggars On a Mission lawn care, real estate maintenance steak basketball Israel real estate agent
Jeremiah Matthew 6:19 Jeremiah Trust and Obey Bates vs. Duggars Smackdown lawn care, handyman Stouffer's lasagna football Israel graduate from high school
Jason Matthew 6:33 Joseph I'll Fly Away Dishing with the Duggars living room hot wings making videos Israel videographer
James John 3:16 James Lord, take My Life Duggars and Bates Reloaded pantry stuffing visiting Jill and Derick Israel pilot
Justin Heb. 4:12 David Be Thou My Vision Bates vs. Duggars Smackdown upstairs trash tater tot casserole work on cars Israel mechanic
Jackson Psalm 1 Enoch All Hail the Power of Jesus Name A Duggar in the Rough downstairs trash and kitchen counter Salvadorian bread and refried beans spending time with siblings Japan and China translator and missionary pilot
Johannah Matthew 18 Joseph Amazing Grace Lights, Cameras, Duggars cleaning tables and floors lasagna playing with siblings and friends visiting the Bates doctor
Jennifer John 3:16 David & Goliath This is the Golden Rule Duggars vs. Bates girls' room green bean casserole play with siblings and animals Silver Dollar City and Little Rock veterinarian
Jordyn John 3:16 Jonah Jesus Loves Me Josie's First Birthday organizing the shoes pancakes playing with siblings Fun City artist
Josie John 3:16 Jonah Jesus Loves Me Duggars on Wheels gathering the laundry macaroni and cheese play with siblings and talk Chuck E. Cheese cook


These are the bios for the four youngest girls and Mackynzie that accompanied the release of their album "Happy Hearts".[37]

Personality Traits Favorite Activities Favorite Bible Verse Favorite Song on the Album Favorite Place She's Traveled
Johannah Duggar great leader, naturally skilled at organizing people for projects or cleanup creative drawing, volleyball, skiing, being outdoors Joshua 1:9 Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed Israel
Jennifer Duggar tender-hearted and gentle, quiet with a fun side, consistent and dependable, helpful playing with her guinea pig, horseback riding, baking, water activities, playing her violin Psalm 23 Little Blessings Australia
Jordyn Duggar bubbly, conversational, outgoing gardening, sewing, crafting, playing four-square and board games with her siblings Romans 12:18 This Little Light of Mine Ireland
Mackynzie Duggar sensitive, nurturing, kind bake cookies, help in kitchen, being outdoors, hiking, enjoying nature John 3:17 Happy Heart Japan
Josie Duggar spunky, energetic, opinionated, bold, good sense of humor swimming, toting around babies, playing with the family dog Romans 8:28 The Star-Spangled Banner Mexico

Beliefs and Practices


The "quiverfull" movement, whose primary focus is producing as many children as possible and raising them to enter into government and civil service positions, first formed in 1995. The Duggar family joined this movement at some point in its early years. Their first public connection to the movement was in 2001, when QuiverFull posted an article referencing them as a success story.[38] The family's original website in 2005 linked to this article but didn't go any further in depth about the movement.[39] By 2007, any reference to the movement had been removed from their website.[40] The Duggars have not gone on the record discussing this movement.

Institute in Basic Life Principles

The youngest Duggar children in their ATI uniforms for the 2016 conference

14 Children and Pregnant Again features the Duggar family packing up and heading to a homeschool conference in Big Sandy, TX. This conference is one of the biggest gatherings of the Institute in Basic Life Principles' Advanced Training Institute (their homeschool system), and was the first public connection tying the Duggars to this group. The group lists the following goals on their website:

The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) was established for the purpose of introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ, and is dedicated to giving individuals, families, churches, schools, communities, governments, and businesses clear instruction and training on how to find success by following God’s principles found in Scripture.

These goals are accomplished primarily through seminars, educational programs, printed literature, and the operation of centers to facilitate training.

You are invited to explore and avail yourself of the resources we offer.[41]

The oldest four Duggar daughters with Priscilla Keller at Journey to the Heart

The Duggars are regularly shown to follow the institute's practices, including only long skirts and long hair on the women, homeschooling the children, limiting access to television and other modern media, and adhering to strict gender roles at all times.

In addition to the ATI conference in Big Sandy, many of the older Duggar children have been seen attending other IBLP functions such as Journey to the Heart and ALERT Training.


Michelle teaching several of her children in 2004

The Duggars made the decision to homeschool their children when Josh was five years old.[42] In later interviews, they would say that they made this decision because they felt it was "the best way to teach our Christian values". As their oldest children grew old enough to help out, the responsibility of schooling began to be one that Michelle shared with them so that the younger kids could always have someone to help.[43] The Duggars have used a variety of different homeschool curricula over the years, but the Advanced Training Institute is one of the constant presences in their schooling.

Jill going grocery shopping with her buddy team

Buddy System

At some point prior to 2001 the Duggar family implemented a buddy system, where each older child was paired with a younger child to assist in tasks such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and schooling.[44] By 2009, the family had switched over to buddy teams, where each of the oldest four daughters was assigned 2-4 younger buddies.[45]

Debt Free Living

In the early 90s, Jim Bob and Michelle attended a seminar on living debt-free. They implemented many of the practices suggested in this seminar and made it their goal to pay for everything through cash. By 2001 they had begun teaching these seminars out of their home.[46] As indicated by the earliest versions of the family's website, the seminar they attended was Jim Sammons' "Financial Freedom Seminar", which is affiliated with the Institute in Basic Life Principles.[47]

Television Career

Early Specials

The Duggars on 14 Children and Pregnant Again

On September 6, 2004, the first television special about the Duggar family, 14 Children and Pregnant Again aired on Discovery Health Channel. It introduced TV viewers to the Duggar family and their fourteen children, showcasing things like homeschooling, bulk shopping, and the buddy system, before ending with the birth of their fifteenth child, Jackson. In 2006 and 2007 three more specials aired on Discovery Health Channel and TLC. These specials showcased a major vacation in the western US, the construction and completion of the family's new house, and the births of Johannah and Jennifer.


19 Kids and Counting

On September 29, 2008, TLC premiered the first episode of 17 Kids and Counting, a weekly reality program about the lives of the Duggar family. The show ran for ten seasons before being canceled in 2015. The show changed its title to keep up with the number of children the family had, and was known as 19 Kids and Counting from season four onward. This show covered a number of major family events, including the weddings of Josh, Jill, and Jessa, the births of Jordyn, Josie, Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, and Israel, and a number of family trips across four continents.


Counting On

On December 13, 2015, TLC aired the first of a three-part series, Jill & Jessa: Counting On. These specials started with having the adult Duggar children and in-laws discuss their reactions to the two scandals that had rocked the family that summer, and then shifted into showing how the family had moved on through the lens of Jill and Jessa, who were the two Duggar daughters who were married at that time. The show changed its title to Counting On beginning with season two, as the focus expanded to include more of the adult Duggar children. Currently in its seventh season, Counting On has covered several major family events, including the weddings of Jinger, Joy, and Joseph, the births of Spurgeon and Henry, and the Dillards' time as missionaries in Central America.



See main article: Josh Duggar molestation scandal

On May 21, 2015, the magazine InTouch Weekly published an article with the headline "Bombshell Duggar Police Report: Jim Bob Duggar Didn't Report Son Josh's Alleged Sex Offenses For More Than a Year". This article included a link to a redacted police report the magazine had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act which gave details of Josh Duggar molesting five underaged girls - including four of his sisters - in 2002 and 2003, when he was around fourteen years old. There was much public outrage over how Jim Bob and Michelle had handled the situation, as many people felt that they should have reported the situation to the police and made sure Josh had received proper counseling for the safety of their other daughters. This scandal eventually led to the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.[48]

Jessa and Jill on Fox News's The Kelly File

On June 3, 2015, Fox News aired an interview with Jim Bob and Michelle about the scandal, which included a preview for a June 5 interview where Jill and Jessa named themselves as two of Josh's victims.

On May 19, 2017, the identities of the two other Duggar victims were confirmed when Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy filed a lawsuit against InTouch Weekly, Springdale, Arkansas, and Washington County, Arkansas, for breach of privacy. This lawsuit is still ongoing.[49]

Ashley Madison

On July 15, 2015, a group called The Impact Team hacked the database of Avid Life Media. When their demands were not met, they published large caches of data stolen from the website Ashley Madison, which was a service that assisted married people in having affairs. On August 19, 2015, the website Gawker announced that they had discovered records within this data indicating that Josh Duggar had maintained two different paid accounts between February, 2013, and May, 2015. On August 20, 2015, Josh publicly confessed to cheating on his wife[50], and within the next few days he had checked into a faith-based rehab center in Rockford, IL,[51] where he stayed until March 10, 2016.[52] Since then, Josh has stayed mostly out of the public eye.

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