A married couple from New Zealand, Chesterfield, Derbyshire has finally won the battle against a registrar who refused to allow them to name their son after a name popularly identified as one of the names given to the devil, Lucifer.
The father of the baby, Dan lodged a complain of how he and his wife were being treated improperly at the council office after they reopened after months of lockdown when they tried to name their four-month-old son.
Dan angrily 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 the couple suggested that their son be given that satanic title, they were asked by the registrar to leave the room as the check if it is allowed to give the b aby that name.
“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.” he added.
Since 2013, New Zealand has banned a list of names that are not supposed to be given to anyone. Names like Prince, King, Princess, Lucifer, and Christ have been banned from their list published in 2013.
The Spokesperson of the Derbyshire County Council also came in by saying that the registrar did the right thing by refusing to register that name.
“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 said.
The Spokesperson further added;
“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.”