A couple from Britain has won a legal battle to name their son Lucifer.
Yes, Lucifer, as in that Lucifer.
Dan and Mandy Sheldon, from Derbyshire, UK, lodged an official complaint to the local council after the registrar told them that their son will not succeed in life if he was named Lucifer.
Last week, the couple went to register their four-month-old son after the council office opened after the coronavirus lockdown.
37-year-old Dan said that they were gobsmacked by the behavior of the registrar who told the pair that they had to leave the room while she checked if she was allowed to register the name, which is Satanic.
During an interview with the press, Dan explained what happened.
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.
The United Kingdom has a number of restrictions when it comes to naming children, but Lucifer is not one of them.
New Zealand on the other hand added Lucifer in the banned names list in the year 2013.
Talking about the name they gave their son, Dan said:
Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name…a unique one. “We didn’t expect to get so much grief about it.
The Derbyshire County Council released a statement about the incident, where they apologized for what happened.
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.
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