My husband named our son after a football player and I had no idea – I only found out four months later | The Sun

CHOOSING a name for a child is a huge decision for any parent to make.

While some parents may go for a traditional name, others might choose to give their little one a more unique name.



A mum-of-six, known on TikTok as ‘sharon.a.life’, recently took to the video sharing platform to reveal that she found out that her husband had named their son after a football player and she had no idea.

Sharon has a whopping 281.2k followers and 10.2million likes on the video sharing platform and her most recent video has left many people in hysterics. 

She explained that she only found out four months after welcoming her son into the world, when they were at a hospital, that he was named after an athlete.

She took to TikTok to explain her story, as she said: “The story of my husband naming my son after a football star without me knowing and me not finding out until my son was four months old and laying on a hospital bed on life support.

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“Several years ago we decided to have one more child, our third and last…we ended up with three more but that’s a whole other story.

“I said ‘husband, I love this name, what do you think of it?’ and he said ‘absolutely, let’s do it’.

“I said ‘I came up with the first name, so you can go ahead and come up with some middle names’.

“He said, ‘what do you think about Calvin?’ and I said ‘oh my god, like Calvin and Hobbes [comic]?’ and he was like ‘yeah, like Calvin and Hobbes’.

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“The baby was born, absolutely wonderful and then he got super, super sick.

“We were in the hospital room, things aren’t going well, I’m not ok, but we’re surviving and I hear the announcer say ‘Calvin Johnson’.

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“‘Did he just say Calvin Johnson?’ I say.

“My husband said ‘urm, yeah’.

“I asked: ‘Did you name our son after a football person?’

“He said, ‘I mean it’s just a name, and he’s a cool guy’”.

Sharon was left absolutely stunned at her husband’s decision and continued at ask him: “And you didn't tell me?

“Our son could die and I didn’t even know what his name was”.

Luckily for Sharon, she concluded: “And then my son didn’t die, I didn’t kill my husband, we had three more kids and my husband didn’t get to name any of them”. 

Sharon later confirmed that her husband didn’t change their son’s name behind their back, but that their surname is in fact Johnson.

She said: “Friends, my last name is JOHNSON. Yes, It’s funny. I laughed then and I’m laughing now”.

For those of us in the UK, Calvin Johnson is an American former football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons with the Detroit Lions. 

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At the time of writing, the video had been posted just a day before and had quickly racked up 202.3k views.

It had 14.5k likes, 809 comments and 363 shares.

One person said: “I mean, he was a really good player….” 

Another added: “I mean if you like the name, it doesn’t matter. Glad my wife wasn’t like this. I had a say in the names of our kids”. 

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A third commented: “My son is Camden. I found out when he was 4months old that it’s after Camden Yards the baseball stadium”. 

Another noted: “My husband wanted to name our daughter after the receptionist at work. She WAS like 60 & super sweet, but, umm, NO!!!” 

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