A sneaky dad has created a name for his daughter – all the while hiding his favourite soccer team’s name within it.

Clare Smith, Mum of a baby girl called Lanesra, has caused a viral internet sensation after sharing the hilarious back story behind her unique name.

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An unidentified magazine has published the explanation of the baby’s chosen name, where Clare explains how it came about:

“We chose our daughter’s name, Lanesra, because it was unique and romantic. It wasn’t until she was two [years old] that my husband told me it was actually his favourite soccer team, Arsenal, spelled backwards!”

Two days ago, a photo of the magazine snippet was posted to social media site, Reddit – it has already garnered almost 2 million views and has been widely shared.


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  • Cheeky daddy. This is the sort of thing my partner would do – although I don’t think kangaroos would be a good name regardless of order it was written hehe


  • I think I would have worked that out before two years. Not sure about that name.


  • Clever……..and certainly a talking point when she is older.


  • Bahahahahahaha! Sneaky bastard! :D I love it!


  • Clever daddy!!


  • Ha Ha the lengths some dad’s will go to. Well there won’t be many children out there with the same name so its really original.


  • Regardless of whether she finds out how she was named it is still a wierd name and she may get teased or given a strange nickname from it.
    We copped some wierd nicknames from our surname.


  • Oh my goodness that is quite funny. Sneaky dad


  • I would be s little annoyed about this – perhaps… Not sure I would want to be named after a footy team – hope she grows up loving football!!


  • I don’t see the big deal. If the mother hated the name, she wouldn’t have allowed her child to be called that in the first place. I’d rather be named Lanesra than Apple or North!

    • ha ha lol good point! she did agree to it.


  • I thought it quite amusing that she thought it was romantic. Yes unique but if you have never heard it before it is what you make it. Funny. But good story for dad!


  • Sorry but I do not find this sneaky ..I would call it deceptive.


  • It is definitely a unique name!


  • I would strangle my husband for doing that lol she will either love or hate telling the story of her name when she is older


  • Ha! Ha! Tricky husband. Well, the name is very special!! I’m amazed he could keep the secret for so long!! :-)


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