An English couple residing in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, have won a battle to name their 4-months-old son Lucifer, after a registrar advised them against it.
The father of the boy, Daniel Sheldon flared up against the registrar, after he was not happy with the way they (his wife and himself) were treated after months of lockdown prevented them from registering their childs’ birth earlier.
Daniel Sheldon said, “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,” Daniel added.
Upon their insistence to have the boy child named Lucifer, the couple were asked to leave the room, while the registrar checked the records to see if it was lawful to name the child as such.
“We were gobsmacked with her behaviour. Eventually she did it, but it was through gritted teeth. Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name . . . a unique one. We didn’t expect to get so much grief about it.”
Countries like New Zealand have very tough restrictions on naming children, with names like Lucifer on a list of banned names published in 2013, along with “Christ” and royal titles such as “King”, “Prince” and “Princess.”
However, the UK has no such laws in place.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said the registrar had done the right thing by raising her concerns about the couple’s choice of name 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.”