A British couple says they "didn't expect to get so much grief" from their local government office while trying to name their son Lucifer earlier this month.
In an official complaint, Dan and Mandy Sheldon say a woman at their local council office mistreated them when they submitted paperwork to name their son with a name most-associated with Satan or the devil, according to local reports.
Dan told a local news outlet:
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. She even told us that it was illegal to name a child that in New Zealand and that maybe we could name him something else but refer to him as Lucifer at home.”
The Sheldon's say they were asked to leave the room while the woman went to check to see if allowing such a name was legal -- which it is.
Dan continued, saying:
We were gobsmacked with her behavior. Eventually she did it, but it was through gritted teeth. Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name...a unique one. We didn’t expect to get so much grief about it.”
The United Kingdom does not have many restrictions in place for what you can and cannot name your child. Names with obscenities and numerals, however, will probably be rejected.
In New Zealand, it's illegal to name your baby Lucifer, Satan, or Rogue. Satan is also banned in Australia.
In the United States there are few laws regarding naming, and some are based on your state. Some states ban obscenities, while other have a character limit for names due to software constraints for official record keeping.