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Parents Finally Get To Name Their Child 'Lucifer' After Hell Of A Legal Battle

Parents Finally Get To Name Their Child 'Lucifer' After Hell Of A Legal Battle

The name is a reference to the Greek meaning of the name 'light-bringer' or 'morning'.

We have always associated the name Lucifer with the Devil. If you are a fan of the Netflix show Lucifer and believe this is how the Devil is, then it's completely understandable why you want to name your child after the character. A couple from Derbyshire wanted to name their child Lucifer and even managed to win a legal battle to do so. 



 

 

According to a report by Daily Mail, despite receiving a lot of opposition from council employees and the fact that they wanted to name their child after the Devil, they won the legal battle and has named their newborn son Lucifer. The registrar at Derbyshire Council reportedly told Dan and Mandy Sheldon that if they name their child after the Devil, he 'wouldn't succeed in life'. 



 

 

The couple visited their local register office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire to name their four-month-old son but was informed that the name is banned in New Zealand. The couple claims that they are not religious at all, and contrary to popular belief, the name is a reference to the Greek meaning of the name 'light-bringer' or 'morning'. After being denied, Dan, 37, a plant hire company boss filed an official complaint about how they were treated at their local office in Chesterfield.



 

 

In an interview with The Sun, he 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.”



 

 

After this, the parents were advised to leave the room while the employees checked if she was allowed to register the boy's name Lucifer. Dan said, "We were gobsmacked with her behavior. 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.”



 

 

After this news went viral, Derbyshire County Council released a statement saying, "We apologize 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.” 



 

 

Back in 2013, New Zealand released a list of names that were banned which also included Lucifer, Christ, and Messiah. According to a report by CNN, six other couples have tried to name their baby Lucifer between 2001 and 2013. But in 2018, Scottish officials allowed a baby to have the name, while another baby was also named Messiah. Some other babies were also named Awesome, Nun, Royalty, and Pepper. 



 

 

Edinburgh Council's Karen Watson said, "There aren't really any rules around names. It's a case of people can call their babies whatever they like. To be perfectly honest, names now are actually pretty normal and there are only one or two that go a wee bit different. As long, as it's not offensive we don't get involved in what they are calling their baby." 

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