July 18, 2019

‘Lucifer’ banned by NZ Births Registrar

He was such a lovely boy, no hint of trouble right up until he tried to take over from God.

Three sets of parents in the last year have tried to name their baby boy ‘Lucifer’ but have been knocked back by the NZ Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The banning of Lucifer is not an isolated case. Parents have been trying to register all sorts of weird names for their babies over the last two years.

Names that are punctuation marks such as . (Full Stop), * (Asterisk) and / (presumably ”Slash”), have all been banned.

Other more conventional stuff rejected is Baron, Bishop, Duke, General, Judge, Justice, King, Knight and Mr, which were judged to be conflicting with exsisting titles.

Slightly more ‘left-field’ on the names turned down list are; Messiah, 89, and the single letters, C, D, I and T, although Q and J were accepted after being queried.

The government naming agency seems to have taken a harder stance in recent times following an outcry in 2008 wheh it was revealed they had allowed names such as Benson and Hedges (for twin babies), Violence, and Number 16 Bus Shelter, both for boys.

At the time, the authority tried to defend its lax approach by pointing out it had rejected names including Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Sex Fruit, Stallion and Twisty Poi.

What parents call their children can have an impact on the child. One poor girl was so traumatised by her name, Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii, that she had it legally changed at age nine. Can’t think why?