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Mom discovers the truth behind her baby girl's 'romantic' name
January 8, 2016
What's in a name? Apparently a lot more that one Australian mother realized.
Clare Smith recently revealed to Take 5 Magazine that her husband used their daughter's name as a subtle tribute to his favorite football club. It wasn't until the child was 2 years old that he revealed their daughter Lanesra's name is actually Arsenal, a Premier League football club, spelled backward.
"We chose our daughter's name, Lanesra, because it was unique and romantic," Smith's letter to the magazine reads, noting her husband did not reveal the hidden meaning when the name was first discussed.
But use of a child's name as a tribute from dedicated fans extends beyond those following the English football league system. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the name Saban rose in popularity in the state of Alabama following the 2007 hiring of Nick Saban as the the University of Alabama's head football coach.
As for young Lanesra's father, he may just hope she doesn't change her name to Chelsea — one of the Arsenal's rivals — during a rebellious stage.