Characters / 19 Kids and Counting

In-progress page for the cast of now-cancelled reality show 19 Kids & Counting.

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    Duggar Parents 

James Robert "Jim-Bob" Duggar

The patriarch of the Duggar clan. A real estate agent and former Arkansas state representative.
  • Jerkass: He blatantly doesn't like anything that's outside of their lifestyle. He also makes fun of other cultures, and he didn'tt take time to learn some basic Spanish when he and the family traveled to El Salvador. And lets not forget his Papa Wolf status towards his daughters, and his very sexist views on women.

Michelle Annette Duggar (née Ruark)

Jim-Bob's wife and mother to the 19 kids.
  • Babies Ever After: Averted. Michelle tragically miscaried her 20th child, in 2011.
  • '80s Hair: hasn't updated her hairstyle in over thirty years, mainly because that's the hairstyle Jim Bob likes on her.
  • Extreme Doormat: Does whatever Jim Bob tells her to do, and goes along with it.

    Duggar Kids 

Tropes applying to all the kids in general:

Joshua James "Josh"

The eldest of the titular 19 Kids. He is married to Anna Keller Duggar, and they have four children together: Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, and Meredith.
  • Theme Naming: Followed in his parents' footsteps in giving his kids names starting with the same letter. However, he and Anna chose to go with the letter M.
  • Your Cheating Heart: What he is best known for now, thanks to the Ashley Madison hack.

Jana Marie

The second child out of 19, and twin to John-David.
  • Hidden Depths: She is really good at painting/drawing.
  • Promotion to Parent: Along with the other older daughters, but her especially. This is taken Up to Eleven, after most of her younger sisters (including Joy-Anna) were married off, leaving her to deal with the younger kids. Since this has happened, fans of the show have affectionately call her "Cinder Duggar".


The third child of 19, and twin to Jana.
  • The Quiet One: He spends rather little time on camera and is quiet whenever he appears. He doesn't talk very much and like Jana, seems very reserved.

Jill Michelle Dillard

Jessa Lauren Seewald

Jinger Nicole

  • Ensemble Dark Horse: To the point where fans created a website called "Free Jinger". After she married Jeremy Vuolo, she escaped Jim Bob's cult, most notably when she posted pictures of her wearing pants (it's a cardinal sin in the Duggar household for females to wear pants)!
  • My Nayme Is: Her name is pronounced like Ginger.
  • Those Two Guys: Inverted with her and Jessa, who seem to be inseparable.

Joseph Garrett

Josiah Matthew


  • I Have Brothers: She's the only girl in the middle of two older brothers and six younger. She uses this as an excuse as the reason for her Tomboy status.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She isn't known as "Joyless Anna" for no reason.
  • Tomboy: She used to be this before puberty hit and she was encouraged to be more ladylike.

Jedidiah Robert

Jeremiah Robert

Jason Michael

James Andrew

Justin Samuel

Jackson Levi

Johannah Faith

Jennifer Danielle

  • Out of Focus: Jennifer and Jordyn are sometimes referred to as the "lost girls".

Jordyn-Grace Makiya

  • Out of Focus: Jennifer and Jordyn are sometimes referred to as the "lost girls".
  • The Unfavorite: Due to Josie being born prematurely and needing a lot of attention, Michelle barely spent time with Jordyn as a baby and rarely if ever interacts with her while she showers Josie with attention.

Josie Brooklyn

  • Ill Girl: was born premature and spent months in the hospital before she could come home.

    Other Relatives 

Anna Renée Duggar (née Keller)

Josh Duggar's wife and mother of their four children. She has seven siblings who she seems quite close to off-camera.
  • Extreme Doormat: She's staying with Josh not only after it was revealed that he molested his younger sisters, but also when she learned that he cheated on her.

Derick Michael Dillard

Jill's husband and father of their son Israel David.

Benjamin Michael Seewald

Jessa's husband and father of their son, Spurgeon Elliot. Like his wife he is a bit...polarizing with his views of Catholics.

Jeremy Joseph Vuolo

Jinger's husband, a former American soccer player from Texas.

Amy Rachelle King (née Duggar)

The "rebellious" cousin, and daughter of Jim Bob's sister Deanna. She's actually a fairly normal young woman from Arkansas who wears jeans and listens to rock music, which are no-nos in the very strict brand of Christianity her uncle, aunt, and cousins adhere to.

Mary Duggar

The original Mrs. Duggar, she is Jim Bob's mother. After her husband Jimmy Lee's death she moved in with her son and his family.

    Friends & Guests 

Bates Family