A couple from Chesterfield, Derbyshire has named their four-month-old son Lucifer, an appellation which is often used for the Devil.
Despite the objections from the registrar over satanic connotations, the couple, Dan and Mandy Sheldon insisted on calling their baby Lucifer as the name is not officially banned in the UK.
The couple claimed that they were told that their baby “would not succeed in life” when they attempted to officially register their son`s name. Mr Sheldon said that he never expected to get “so much grief” over the name associated with the Devil since it was just a normal “unique name”
In a report, Dan Sheldon said: “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.”
The couple has lodged an official complaint against Derbyshire Country Council over a registrar who reproved them of their choice of name for their four-month-old baby.
A spokesperson of the Derbyshire Country Council said: “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.”
As the couple was disappointed by the disapproval of their son`s name, Lucifer, the registrar called the General Register Office for further guidance. An official from the General Register Office agreed with the reaction of the registrar and said that her advice to the parents was “with the best interests of the child in mind”.
The Derbyshire Country Council spokesperson also apologised for offending the couple and stated that it was the responsibility of registrars to give advice as some parents are unaware of “meanings or associations of certain names”.