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A couple has succeeded in naming their four-month-old son Lucifer, despite a registrar warning the child “would not succeed in life” if they did so.
Dan and Mandy Sheldon, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, told the media they had now lodged an official complaint against Derbyshire County Council regarding the episode.
While Lucifer is often used as a moniker for the Devil, Mr Sheldon said the couple felt it was a “unique name” and added that he had not expected the choice to create such a stir.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he added: “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.”
He added that he had tried to explain that, in Greek, Lucifer means “bringer of light” and “morning”, but he had failed to convince the registrar.
“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 has tighter regulations on naming children than the UK, which does not ban specific names; although registrars have the power to reject those that contain obscenities or numerals.
A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said the registrar was right to have expressed concerns about the couple’s choice of name before allowing it.
“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 spokesperson said.
“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.”