The family of Dan and Mandy Sheldon has won the battle to name their only son Lucifer after a court registrar tried to block them. The couple had visited their local register office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to make the name of their four months old baby official, but the register refused saying the name “Lucifer” will deprive the baby from getting a job in the future.
Dan and Mandy had argued that they are not religious people, that contrary to most people believe that the name “Lucifer” is not a bad name at all, the name might have been used in religious books to qualify the devil or represent the name of the devil, it does not mean it is a bad name. Dan who is the father of the child argued that Lucifer is a precious name that comes with strong and powerful meaning; he said the name “Lucifer” originated from a Creek word which means ‘light bringer’ and ‘morning’. He said the name of a child can go a long way to determine who the child will become in the future, and he believes the meaning of Lucifer is not bad at all for their son.
According to dailystar, the parents’ baby name choice was accepted, despite the registrar’s reservations. A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “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.” He defended the registrar saying what he did was for the interest of the child and the family.
Many countries around has in one denied parents the right to name their children names they believe will affect the child negatively in the future. It started in the Roman Catholic when the Pope advised parents to disease from naming their children after celebrities, cars and other things that will add no significant value to their children’s lives, countries like France, Iceland, Italy, Spain and the US have denied parents from naming their children some certain names. In New Zealand up to six parents were denied from naming their children Lucifer from 2001 to 2013; up till date Iceland still refuses to add the name to its official register. In England and the United State there is no such law that restrict parents from naming their children whatever name they want, Dan and Mandy were able to win the battle of naming their son Lucifer afte making his point clear