Couple successful in battle to name their baby Lucifer

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A couple who fought to name their newborn son Lucifer have won the battle, after the name was originally rejected by the registrar.

The couple, Dan and Many Sheldon from Chesterfield, Derbyshire in the UK, went to the register office name their four-month-old son Lucifer, but a registrar originally refused, as it's another name synonymous with devil and warning them "he'll never get a job".

Talking to The Sun, Mr Sheldon, 37 said "he told us he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers wouldn't want to teach him."

However the couple argued back saying they're not at all religious and that in Greek, Lucifer means "light-bringer" and "morning".

"But she wouldn't listen," the frustrated father said, saying she "begrudgingly" approved the name eventually.

"Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name," Mr Sheldon said. "We didn't expect to get so much grief about it."

The Derbyshire County Council said they apologise if the couple were offended. "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" they said.

The name is banned in a couple of countries including New Zealand, Iceland and Germany because of its association with the devil, although the popularity of the TV series 'Lucifer' has seen a rise of the name in the USA.

Many Christians believe that the devil was once an angel called Lucifer who defied God and fell from grace.

The name isn't currently banned in Australia, with Satan, Messiah and Lord being some of the names that you cannot name your child.

In Australia, names can be refused for the following:

  • It is obscene or offensive 
  • It cannot be established by repute or usage because it's too long or contains symbols (such as an exclamation mark).
  • It is displayed in the form of initials or acronyms
  • It creates confusion in the community
  • It contains an official title or rank recognised in Australia
  • It may be considered reasonably likely to insult, humiliate, offend or intimidate a person or group