Choosing a name for your little one can be hard especially when you also want to consider what others would think of the child’s moniker.
Many parents pick meaningful names while others simply choose popular names for their babies.
But a couple who thought of a ‘nice name’ for their son have revealed how they had to fight for it as the registrar refused to put it in the system.
In an interview with The Sun, Dan and Mandy Sheldon said they wanted to call their baby Lucifer.
“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,” Dan said.
The parents insisted that the name actually has a good meaning. “I tried to explain that we are not religious people, ad Lucifer in Greek means ‘light-bringer’ and ‘morning’ but she wouldn’t listen.”
The register then pointed out that the name is illegal in some places and that it is prohibited in many countries.
“We were gobsmacked with her behavior,” Dan went on but the registrar eventually allowed them to have the name officially registered on his birth certificate.
“Eventually she did it, but it was through gritted teeth.”
Dan also defended their decision about naming their son Lucifer, saying: “Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name… a unique one. We didn’t expect to get so much grief about it.”
In a statement, 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.”
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