After a confrontation with local registration authorities in Great Britain, a couple from New Zealand managed to defend their right to name their son Lucifer. Writes about this edition of The Sun.
New Zealanders Dan and Mandy Sheldon visited the registrar’s office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire last week, when it reopened after the coronavirus restrictions were lifted. The joyful couple intended to register their four-month-old son, but faced resistance from the official, who looked at the spouses “with disgust.”
“She told us that he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers would not want to teach him,” Dan said. “She said it was illegal to call a child that in New Zealand and that perhaps we could call him something else, but call him Lucifer at home.” Dan tried to explain to the official that his family is non-religious, and the name Lucifer in Greek means “light-bearer”, but the couple did not listen and were asked to leave the office. However, a few minutes later the official “through gritted teeth” still officially registered the child as Lucifer Sheldon.
The Derbyshire County Council apologized to the couple and clarified that the job of the registrars is to advise parents on choosing a child’s name, as sometimes they may not know some of the meanings and associations that it can carry. “To be honest, we just thought it was a good name, unique,” the parents admitted.
In New Zealand, parents have the right to choose any name for the child, but authorities can intervene if the chosen name could jeopardize the well-being of the child, cause ridicule or abuse. It is noteworthy that the name Lucifer in 2013 was included in the New Zealand list of prohibited names. In biblical mythology, it is associated with the devil.