A Couple from New Zealand, Chesterfield to be precise, Derbyshire have reportedly won the battle to name his son who is only four-month-old “Lucifer”.
In naming his son the na,e which is tagged with the devil or satan, the registrar who is supposed to issue the birth certificate said No.
Dan is the boss of a plant hire company, and he had lodged a complaint over the way he and his wife were treated in the council office for the registration following its reopening after months of lockdown.
“We were really excited to go and get him registered but the woman looked at us in utter disgust.
“She told us he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers wouldn’t want to teach him.
“I tried to explain that we are not religious people, and Lucifer in Greek means ‘light-bringer’ and ‘morning’ but she wouldn’t listen.
“She even told us that it was illegal to name a child that in New Zealand and that maybe we could name him something else but refer to him as Lucifer at home.”
New Zealand, which has strict policies on naming children, has Lucifer on a list of banned names which was published in 2013, along with the name “Christ” and royal titles such as “King”, “Prince” and “Princess”.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said the registrar had done the absolutely right thing by raising her concerns about the couple’s choice of the name for their son before allowing it.
The spokesperson said;
“Our registrar felt it was her duty to ensure the couple were aware the name Lucifer had negative connotations and that their son may encounter issues with the name through his life due to its associations.”
The registrar contacted the General Register Office for further guidance, and an official at the General Register Office agreed she had acted correctly in advising the parents “with the best interests of the child in mind”.
The spokesperson further said;
“Despite the advice, the couple said they still wished to proceed and name their son Lucifer, and the registrar continued with the registration.
“We apologise if they were offended but it is the job of our registrars to advise in these matters as sometimes people are not aware of certain meanings or associations around certain names.”