Soccer star names son Trendy

Nov. 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM

PETERBOROUGH, England, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A British soccer player said his son's name, Trendy, may have been influenced by the "trending topics" feature on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Gabriel Zakuani, 25, a defender for Peterborough, England, with nearly 7,000 followers on Twitter and nearly 13,000 tweets to his name, said Trendy was named for the work his mother, Shanice Petrie, performs in the fashion world, The Sun reported Monday.

"The official reason was she wanted something to reflect that. But it was me who came up with Trendy," Zakuani said. "People have asked if his name is because of 'trending topics' on Twitter. Maybe it was in the back of my mind."

"Everyone has been giving me banter. The gaffer Darren Ferguson wouldn't believe me," the defender said of his son's unique name. "He kept asking me what it really is. But Trendy definitely suits him. I'm sure it'll grow on everybody."

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