Jana Duggar Courtship Rumors: A Comprehensive List

Today marks the 28th birthday of twins Jana and John David Duggar.

Of course, in a rare reversal for the family, it's the male who's being pushed to the margins, and the female who's getting all the attention.

But don't worry, the reasons for that are completely sexist, in keeping with the Duggars' reputation.

You see, Jana is still single.

This is almost unheard of for a family in which girls are taught from a young age that procreation is their sole reason for being.

So with every birthday, the moaning and hand-wringing from the Duggar faithful becomes more intense, as does the need to believe that Jana is in a secret courtship that will soon bear fruit … and by "fruit," of course, we mean children.

Here's a complete list of all the men Jana has been erroneously linked to over the years.

1. Single Cinderella

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Dubbed the “Cinderella Duggar” due to the number of household chores she performs, Jana stayed at home to help care for her siblings as her brothers and sisters flew the coop to start families of their own.

2. Pushed Out of the Nest?

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Sources close to the family say that from the time she was of child-bearing age, Jana’s family has been attempting to marry her off to any available man who crosses her path. So we guess this marks her tenth anniversary of being creepily objectified by her own parents!

3. Or Shackled to the Compound?

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Of course, there are those who claim the opposite–that Jana has been forced to remain at home to help care for her siblings. Frankly, we’d believe either terrible rumor!

4. Either Way…

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…the rumors keep flying, and they probably won’t let up until Jana either gets married or releases a statement proclaiming that she plans to remain single for the rest of her life.

5. The Pressure Increases

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The public pressure on Jana to hurry up and start breeding has only gotten more intense as her sisters have married and started families of their own. At this point, five of Jana’s younger siblings have married and have either had children or are currently expecting.

6. Who Are the Suitors?

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The list of Jana’s potential suitors runs the gamut from longtime family friends to famously pious NFL stars. And curiously, she’s mostly kept mum about the rumors…

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Duggar Courtship News: Who Will Enter a Relationship Next?

We're only five days into the new year, but 2018 has already seen a Duggar baby announcement and a whole slew of courship speculation.

We now know that Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child, but that's certainly not the only way in which reality TV's largest family will be expanding in the months to come.

Joy-Anna Duggar is also expecting, as is Joseph Duggar's new wife, Kendra Caldwell.

And of course, several single Duggars are set to embark on courtship journeys of their own in the months to come.

Here's a rundown of who might be next to leave the nest:

1. Jana Duggar

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The perennial fan favorite. Fans have been hoping for a courtship announcement from Jana for years now. And thanks to her increasingly close “friendship” with Caleb Williams, it seems 2018 will finally be her year.

2. John David Duggar

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This is another one that wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. In fact, it’s widely believed that John David is already involved in a secret courtship with a woman from Texas. No word on why he might be keeping things on the down-low.

3. The Pressure Is On!

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Both Jana and John David are no doubt feeling the pressure to announce relationships. The twins will turn 28 this month, and they’re the oldest unmarried Duggars by a considerable margin.

4. Josiah Duggar

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Many fans believe this is the year that Josiah Duggar will once again try his hand at courtship. Josiah is the only member of his family to enter a relationship that did not result in marriage, having pursued an ill-fated romance with Marjorie Jackson in 2016.

5. A Social Media Loophole

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Some fans believe Josiah is the next to go a-courtin’, as in many respects, he’s more modern and mature than many of his siblings. Duggars are typically forbidden to have social media accounts until they enter a formal courtship. However, Josiah has maintained an Instagram page despite the fact that his relationship with Jackson has come to en end, leading many to believe that he’s using it to keep in touch with potential mates.

6. Jedediah Duggar

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Smart money is on Jedediah Duggar announcing a courship in 2018. As many fans have pointed out, he was likely already involved in a romantic relationship that went awry.

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Caleb Williams Speaks on Jana Duggar Courtship: Read My Lips …

For weeks now, talk of Jana Duggar courting Caleb Williams, a longtime friend of her family’s, has been circulating across the Internets.

Erroneous reports of Jana courting seem to surface quite often, but this time, there was real reason to believe these claims had legitimacy.

Not only has Caleb Williams been spending time with Jana, the man also put in one-on-one time with Jim Bob Duggar, her dad.

Any courtship candidates need Jim Bob’s explicit approval – if he doesn’t arrange them personally – so this looked like a key sign.

All the while, both Caleb and Jana downplayed involvement with one another, while not explicitly denying courtship chatter either.

In other words, this rumor had legs.

The oldest Duggar daughter about to turn 28, and we all know Jana likes a rebel, so fans have been quite excited over this.

Are they or aren’t they courting, though? Williams finally spoke out on his Facebook page to clear the air once and for all …

We have good news and bad news, it appears, and whether it’s good or bad largely depends on what you were hoping for here.

The bad news, at least if you were hoping for Jana Duggar to be married off by the end of this spring, is that it’s not happening.

The good news is that if you’re interested in courting her yourself, or weren’t a fan of Williams, well, she’s still very available!

Caleb personally wrote in a Facebook post:

“There has been speculation regarding a relationship between myself and Jana. Now to clear the fog and avoid any confusion …”

“‘Read my lips … I am not dating Jana Duggar.'”

“Over the past several months since an extremely unflattering image was posted by my friends and spread across the world,” he said.

The aforementioned photo of himself, in which Williams was less than fully clothed, spread “faster than a viral cat video,” as he put it.

All of that said, Caleb leaves no wiggle room when he writes that “the extent of our relationship is purely friends and nothing more.”

“Hopefully with this clarification the Internet (as well as the space-time continuum) can heal,” he adds, from this devastating blow.

Or the photo that gave him his 15 minutes, a.k.a. “the day my Gluteus Maximus gave Kim Kardashian a run for her money.”

Caleb, seen above with Jana’s dad Jim Bob at a football game in October, certainly seems like a good dude with a sense of humor.

Not unlike reports that linked Jana to Tim Tebow or Bringing Up Bates star Zach Bates or Jonathan Hartono, it just was not to be. 

Described as a “bad boy” and “a lot more liberal than his possible future in-laws,” it’s unclear if he ever considered courting Jana.

Did he want to and get shot down? Did Jana and/or Jim Bob want this and Caleb wasn’t into it? We will likely never know for sure.

All we know for certain is that with her 28th birthday coming up next week, Jana is the last of her of-age sisters to remain single.

Sweet Jana’s single status is perhaps the longest-running topic of debate among card-carrying members of Duggar Nation.

She’s said in the past that she’s been approached by men interested in courting, but has not found the right partner among them.

Yet. Which is completely fair.

If younger siblings Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joy-Anna and Joseph already have or are about to have kids, it wouldn’t be that notable.

Jana has long been seen as maligned, however, forced by her parents to raise her siblings while unable to pursue her dreams.

When Anna Duggar hopes Jana stays single forever, we know she’s kidding, but at the same time, it kind of hits a nerve.


Jana Duggar & Caleb Williams: Courtship Confirmed?!

For several weeks now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Jana Duggar is being courted by Caleb Williams, a longtime friend of her family’s.

False reports of Jana entering a relationship seem to surface about once a month, but this time, there’s real reason to believe that the claims may be legit.

Not only has Caleb been spending time with Jana, he’s also been putting in one-on-one time with her father, Jim Bob.

Since all courtship candidates need Jim Bob’s approval, many are taking this as a sign that Caleb and Jana are, in fact, in the early stages of a relationship.

An even better indication is the fact that Caleb and Jana are downplaying their involvement with one another, while never explicitly denying that they’re courting.

Unfortunately for the young lovebirds, it’s hard for to keep anything a secret in 2017, especially when your followers are as obsessive as Duggar fans tend to be.

To be fair, Caleb is doing a pretty good job of keeping things on the down-low.

(As an unmarried Duggar woman, Jana’s not allowed to use social media, so she has nothing to worry about.)

Caleb's Oranges

But Duggar die-hards are a detail-oriented bunch with a knack for picking up on the smallest of clues.

Take the above photo of a bag of oranges, for example.

Caleb posted it earlier this week, with a caption explaining that he’d simply decided to post “a few candid food photos.”

Seems innocent enough … but his followers quickly put this thing under the microscope, and it seems they’re very pleased with what they’ve found.

“That looks like the Duggars’ house,” one fan commented.

Others echoed the sentiment, because apparently there’s more than one person out there who’s capable of recognizing the Duggars’ countertops.

Caleb hasn’t confirmed that his followers are correct in their assumptions that he’s been hanging out at the Duggar compound.

But this may be one of those instances in which silence speaks volumes.

Williams has also avoided answering fans’ questions about whether or not he spent Thanksgiving with the Duggars.

He was notably not in the family’s holiday photo, but again, it’s a little weird that he’s not talking.

If Caleb was at the compound on Turkey Day but was left out of the photo, then this is pretty much an open-and-case.

The Duggars wouldn’t invite a young, single dude to Thanksgiving dinner unless he was courting one of their daughters.

And they wouldn’t leave a guest out of their big group photo unless they were trying to keep his presence a secret.

Clearly, neither Caleb or Jana will be confirming anything anytime soon.

Fortunately, legions of borderline-stalker Duggar fans are on the case.

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Duggar Courtship Rules Reveal Dark Side of Counting On Clan

If you're a fan of their popular TLC reality series, then you're almost certainly aware of the Duggars' courtship rules.

But while you may be familiar with the family's infamous code of conduct, you might not be aware of where the bizarrely stringent regulations came from, or why they're so strictly enforced.

So join us as we explore one of the strangest and least-understood aspects of life inside the Duggar compound.

And don't forget, you can always watch Counting On online at TV Fanatic to stay up to date on reality TV's largest and most controversial family.


1. A Quiverfull of Duggars

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The Duggars belong to the controversial Quiverfull movement, which holds that procreation is the primary purpose of life on earth, and it’s the sacred duty of all women to birth as many children as physically possible.

2. The Supreme Leader

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The Quiverfull movement and its affiliated Institute for Basic Life Principles have been described as “cults” by former members. The leader of these cults–and the man most responsible for the courtship guidelines followed by the Duggars–is a man named Bill Gothard.

3. A Fallen Minister

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Gothard resigned from his post in disgrace following dozens of sexual assault and harassment allegations from former male and female employees. Though he seldom appears in public these days, it’s been rumored that Gothard still exercises a tremendous amount of control over the organizations he founded.

4. Josh’s Downfall

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Gothard, of course, isn’t the only sexual predator with close ties to the Duggar clan. In May of 2015, the world was shocked by news that Josh Duggar had molested five young girls, four of whom were his sisters.

5. A Culture of Abuse

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The back-to-back scandals brought a new level of scrutiny to the Duggars “courtship” rules, which had previously been viewed as more humurous than harmful.

6. A Systemic Problem

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Some fans didn’t like what they saw on closer inspection, and many realized that Josh and Gothard were symptoms of a much deeper issue…

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Jana Duggar: Courtship Status Confirmed!

Rumors about the possibility of a Jana Duggar courtship have been circulating for pretty much the entire time her family’s been in the national spotlight.

In fact, in the past month alone, two different men have been linked to Jana.

One of them has since denied reports that he’s romantically linked to the eldest Duggar daughter.

But for a long time, fans remained steadily convinced that the second guy was Jana’s future husband.

His name is Caleb Williams, and he’s a small business owner and longtime friend of Jana’s family.

While Williams is said to be far more liberal than the Duggars, several media outlets claimed that he was able to gradually able to win them over one-by-one.

Photos of Williams spending time with Jim Bob seemed to indicate that Jana’s suitor had infiltrated her family’s upper echelon.

Understandably, many fans arrived at the conclusion that an engagement would be announced sometime in the very near future.

But the last photo of Jim Bob and Caleb appeared on social media several weeks ago, and it doesn’t appear that Jana is sporting any new bling these days.

In fact, she and Caleb haven’t even confirmed that they’re courting.

For some reason, Duggar fans want nothing more than to see Jana in a committed relationship.

And we guess we understand that, considering Jana loves kids and clearly wants a family of her own.

So fair warning if you’re one of the Jana obsessives who’s spent the last eight years rooting for her to find the right man–bad news lies ahead:

According to various reports, Jana is not courting Caleb–or anyone else for that matter.

We know, we know–you’re upset.

But keep in mind that Jana is only 27 and still has plenty of time to get married and have kids.

Besides, things could be much worse.

She could’ve been fired from Counting On, like Derick Dillard!

Currently, it’s looking like fans got their hopes up without reason, and Jana will be living on her family’s compound a bit longer.

But hey Duggar courtships move mighty quickly.

Your girl could still be married and out of the house by Christmas!

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.


Joseph Duggar & Kendra Caldwell Accused of Breaking Courtship Rules!

It’s only been six weeks since Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell got married, but already, the newlyweds find themselves at the center of a controversy.

The latest Duggar mini-scandal has nothing to do with the Joe and Kendra’s actions since saying “I do,” however.

Instead, it seems fans are irate about something that took place before their massive wedding.

TLC recently uploaded a video taken just days before Joseph and Kendra exchanged vows.

The footage shows the young couple enjoying a picnic and discussing their plans for married life.

“I think it’s gonna be exciting to move into our first house together,” Kendra says at one point.

“And doing some of the ministry stuff again … Doing the singing and the outreach. It’ll be great to get back.”

Kendra adds:

“I think I’m also looking forward to getting back into a normal schedule. Maybe cook some meals together.”

For his part, Joe says simply:

“I’m looking forward to making more memories like this with you.”

So what’s so controversial about that?

Well, nothing really, but the outing appears to differ from Joe and Kendra’s other dates in one significant way:

In the past, Joseph and Kendra’s dates were chaperoned by members of his massive family.

In fact, the Duggars proved the lengths Joe and Kendra went to to safeguard their own chastity by posting footage of a rollerblading date on which the pair was kept in line by the presence of Joe’s younger brothers.

(Fact: no rollerblading date has ever resulted in sex.)

Fans believe the pre-wedding picnic presented in the new clip shows Joe and Kendra on an un-chaperoned date, which would put them in violation of the Duggar rules of courtship.

(No, camera crews don’t count as chaperones according to the Duggar Code of Conduct.)

Naturally, critics have been quick to attack the young couple for their alleged hypocrisy.

But we’ve gone full Zapruder film with this footage, and after hours of painstaking frame-by-frame investigation, we now believe Joe and Kendra are being unfairly criticized.

In the first several seconds of the video, an unidentified third party can be seen following close behind Joe and Kendra.

We don’t know who it is, but it’s worth noting that woman is dressed according to the Duggar rules regarding female attire.

Is it one of Joe’s sisters?

A trusted family friend, perhaps?

We don’t know, but we’re guessing it’s safe to assume Joe and Kendra didn’t give into their biological urges right there in front of the cameras.

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Jana Duggar-Caleb Williams Courtship: It’s Really Happening!

Last month, reports of Jana Duggar being courted by multiple suitors began to circulate on social media.

One of the men, Jacob Wilson, was quick to rebuke the report, but interestingly, the other rumored love interest has yet to expressly deny that he and Jana are courting.

That man is named Caleb Williams, and Duggar fans have become intensely interested in his life and social media profiles in recent weeks.

Some Duggar obsessives have surmised that Caleb is a “rebel,” who will no doubt have a difficult time convincing Jana’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, that he’s son-in-law material.

Of course, that characterization seems to be based primarily on a handful of comments made by a friend of Caleb’s, who stated that he believes the Arkansas-based small business owner is more “liberal” than the Duggars.

(As fans of the family know, falling to the left of the Duggars on the political spectrum is not exactly a difficult task. Steve Bannon is basically an unkempt hippie compared to Jim Bob.)

But based on his most recent social media posts, we think it’s safe to say Caleb has had no trouble ingratiating himself with Jana’s ultra-conservative family:

That’s Williams with Jim Bob Duggar at a recent Arkansas Razorbacks football game.

“Thanks for the invite y’all! #gametime #wrongcolors #wps #beatauburn,” Williams captioned the pic.

(Sadly, he failed to give a shoutout to the dude photobombing in the back.)

Yes, the caption seems to indicate that Jim Bob was the one to invite Caleb to the game, which many have taken as a sign that the two enjoy some sort of special connection these days.

After all, with 19 kids and an endless list of well-wishers, it’s not like Jim Bob has trouble finding someone to attend a football game with him.

But as much as Duggar fans have scrutinized the photo above, it’s a post on Caleb’s page has garnered even more attention:

That’s Caleb holding Josh Duggar’s infant son, Mason.

“First time holding sweet baby Mason! Thanks for letting me hold him @joshduggar @annaduggar @duggarfam #BabyMason,” Caleb captioned the image.

Yes, Caleb tagged Josh Duggar (who apparently has an Instagram page), and he’s been spending time with the black sheep branch of the Duggar clan.

Josh mostly lives the reclusive Boo Radley life these days, so the fact that Caleb has been spending time with him is an indication that he’s truly been granted access to the family’s inner sanctum.

Perhaps there’s something to these courtship rumors, after all.

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Jacob Wilson FINALLY Addresses Courtship Rumors!

If you follow her family closely, you know that Jana Duggar courtship rumors pop up at the rate of about one per week.

This past week was special, as we were blessed with not one but two probably-bogus reports about who Jana is side-hugging these days.

First, sources claimed that Jana was courting Caleb Williams.

To be fair, by “sources” we mean people who saw a photo of Caleb eating dinner with the Duggars and jumped to the conclusion that he and Jana will soon be picking out baby names.

Caleb quickly clarified that he’s just a longtime family friend, but the rumor machine hates a vacuum, so it wasn’t long before another possible suitor took his place.

Yesterday, it was reported that Jacob Wilson was courting Jana.

Again, the speculation was based primarily on a Duggar family pic in which Jacob happened to make an appearance.

And again, the “Jana’s mystery man” is taking to social media to dash the hopes of optimistic Duggar obsessives.

“So yeah I just wanna say that this is total bunk. WE ARE NOT IN A RELATIONSHIP,” Wilson wrote on Facebook last night.

“Lol we’ve been friends for 21 years and all of a sudden! BAM! we just happen to be in the same picture so of course the media has to make up a story about it to sell. So I’m here to clear the water… it ain’t true! moral of the story? Don’t believe what you see online.”

Clear the water?

Jana needs a dude who has a better handle on basic metaphors.

Anyway, like we said, Jana courtship rumors are nothing new.

In fact, the girl’s got so many rumored suitors out there that they should start a support group.

A few months back, rumors that Jana was courting Jonathan Hartono began circulating on social media.

Last night, Hartono also took to social media to offer his support to Wilson.

“I know how you feel bro,” he replied to Jacob’s comment.

Man, if Jim Bob’s money-making instincts were as good as everyone says, he’d be on the phone with these dudes trying to Simon Cowell them into starting a boy band at this very moment.

Just sayin’.

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Joy-Anna Duggar & Austin Forsyth: YES, We Broke the Courtship Rules!

If you watched last night’s episode of Counting On, you know those Duggars were up to their old tricks.

(Read that last part in a Waylon Jennings Dukes of Hazzard voice for maximum effect.)

There was courtin’, there were roadtrips, and there was even some very, very mild rebellion …

As you may have heard, Joy-Anna Duggar is currently pregnant with her first child.

The news created a bit of a stir amongst Duggar fans, as she had only been married to Austin Forsyth for three months at the time of the announcement.

Naturally, there was talk of a “shotgun wedding,” and many fans were convinced that Joy-Anna and Austin had engaged in premarital sex.

Obviously, that’s a pretty big deal in a family that literally has rules about the length of time that non-married couples are allowed to hold hands.

In the past, Joy and Austin confessed to breaking courtship rules, but they never specified exactly what they meant by that.

Finally, in a scene from last night’s episode, Austin broke down and confessed that prior to their marriage, he and Joy had stayed out all night … conversing.

“The only time that I can think of when I overstepped my bounds with my future father-in-law was probably staying up talking past curfew,” Forsyth admitted.

“Just letting time slip past you and being in a good conversation – it’s really easy to do,” he added.

“That and probably going over the three-second hug. That’s easy to do.”

Whoa. Pretty serious stuff right there.

Someone go to Web MD and let us know if four-second hugs can result in pregnancy.

We’d do it ourselves, but we’re feeling entirely too shook right now.

In all seriousness, it’s interesting that Austin felt the need to address this on the show.

Clearly, the Duggars are well aware of the rumors, and this is their way of clearing the air.

Of course, they probably think this will put the matter the rest, which leads us to believe they don’t spend much time on social media, where nothing is ever put to rest.

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