‘Counting On’: Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth’s Baby Name Was Leaked Before the Big Reveal

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth have officially released the name of their new addition. The couple welcomed a daughter on Aug. 21 but waited several days to announce the birth. The announcement didn’t reveal the baby’s name, leading to much speculation amongst Duggar family followers. Joy and Austin may have had a big reveal planned, but their baby’s name appears to have been accidentally leaked by the family’s professional photographer.

What did Joy and Austin name their new baby girl?

Joy took to Instagram on Aug. 27 to announce the name of her new addition. In a post that included professional photos, Joy told her followers that her daughter, Evelyn Mae, would be going by the nickname, Evy Mae. She said that picking a name was a challenge for her and Austin because they wanted a name that was meaningful for them as a couple.  Evelyn was born on Aug. 21, but Joy and decided to delay announcing her birth until Aug. 24.

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The announcement, made via E! Online, struck some family followers as strange. Not only was it the first time E! garnered the exclusive on a Duggar family birth announcement, but it lacked a key piece of information. Joy and Austin decided not to announce their daughter’s name right away. While family followers have had a mostly warm reception to the title, some critics point out just how confusing things might get around the Duggar’s Springdale Arkansas compound. Evy Mae will be joining her cousin, Ivy Jane, at family events. Ivy Jane was born to Jessa and Ben Seewald in May 2019.

A photographer leaked Evelyn’s name before Joy and Austin got around to posting it

Joy and Austin have spent their first week as a family of four taking pictures and reveling in the joy of bringing home a new baby. It looks as though their first big family project was a professional photo shoot to celebrate the arrival of Evelyn. The photography company, Three Bee’s Photography, shared sneak peeks of the photoshoot on their Instagram and Facebook pages last night. There was a little glitch, though. Three Bee’s actually revealed the baby’s name.

According to TV Show Ace, the photographer shared the photos a full five hours before Joy and Austin took to Instagram, and the original caption included the baby’s name. The caption has since been revised, and comments were quickly disabled on the post.   

Joy appeared to confirm that she planned to reveal the baby’s name in a YouTube video

With the baby’s name floating around the internet, Joy and Austin made quick work of putting together a post to make the announcement, but it doesn’t seem like that was their initial plan. In a previous post, Joy shared she would be updating her fans on her YouTube channel. Shortly after the birth announcement went live without the baby’s name, family followers began to speculate that Joy and Austin were planning to leverage the reveal for views on YouTube. Joy’s post seemed to confirm that theory, but the overeager photographer seemingly thwarted her plans.

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In the last several months, Joy has been keeping her fans up-to-date on her family’s activities via Instagram and YouTube. Her pregnancy announcement garnered more than 1 million views and is her most successful upload to date. Joy’s sister, Jessa, has also been using YouTube to share content with her fans and appears to be finding some success on the platform. Jessa and Ben both still appear on Counting On, but some longtime viewers believe the family’s show is in trouble.  Joy and Austin have stepped away from the family’s reality TV show.