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Posted: January 06, 2016

Man names daughter after soccer team, wife finds out two years later

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            Man names daughter after soccer team, wife finds out two years later
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, left, celebrates his goal against Crystal Palace with teammate Aaron Ramsey during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

            Man names daughter after soccer team, wife finds out two years later
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, right, celebrates with teammate Olivier Giroud after scoring against Norwich City during their English Premier League soccer match, at the Emirates Stadium, in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.

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But one Australian man named his daughter after his favorite soccer team – and he didn't tell his wife until the child was two years old.

Clare Smith wrote in to a magazine saying, "We chose our daughter's name, Lanesra, because it was unique and romantic. It wasn't (until) she was two that my husband told me it was actually his favorite soccer team, Arsenal, spelled backwards."

Social media users responded to the father's creative name online. 

It's unclear if there will be an uptick of soccer-related names in the coming year.

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