Parents have won a battle to call their baby a ‘banned name’ after the registrar tried to stop them.
Having a child is an important moment in anyone’s life – but it also comes with a ton of responsibility that, most of the time, you cannot prepare for.
One of these is naming your child, as this is likely going to stick with them for life.
Naming a child requires a lot of time and consideration, as you don’t want to make any blunders.
Dan and Mandy Sheldon welcomed their son into the world and four months later, went to register his name.
They told The Sun how they were ‘excited’ to get him registered.
However, they were met with looks of ‘utter disgust’ when the couple revealed his name.
The couple wanted to name their child Lucifer – which is the name that was given to the devil when he was an angel before he fell from heaven and ended up in hell.
The devil’s name, Lucifer, was first seen in the King James Bible, in 1611.
But in more modern versions of the Bible, he is referred to as Satan.
Despite insisting on the name, the couple were slammed by the registrar and subject to some harsh remarks.
“She told us he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers wouldn’t want to teach him,” Dan reveals.
He continues to explain that neither of them is religious and that Lucifer in Greek means ‘light-bringer’ and ‘morning’.
However, this fell on deaf ears and the couple were told that the name was illegal in several countries such as New Zealand – while being deemed inappropriate in countries like Germany and Switzerland.
Although, it is not banned in the UK.
But the registrar still asked them to leave the room as she checked for herself.
“We were gobsmacked with her behaviour,” Dan says. “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.”
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This incident has caught the attention of Derbyshire County Council, who have apologised for the incident.
Their statement, via The Sun, reads: “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.”
Appearing on This Morning – with baby Lucifer – Dan reiterates that he can understand why people would look at the Christian meaning of the name – but they chose the Greek meaning.
“It depends which part of history you look at,” he comments.