What is in a name? Name, in some part of the world is very symbolic:; In my area, your name, most times, defines your origin or tribe, it also tells of the situation or circumstances that surrounded you birth. While in other part of the world may just be an appellation one needs to answer to for attention.
In the religion setting, some names are seen as omen signalling the presence of evil. While the like of Christian would name a child Paul, John peter etc for their role in the development of Christendom, a Muslim would readily name a child Mohammed, Musa etc according to the conviction of the believer. These religions would not name a child a name that is associated with devil or Satan. That I know
However , according to (AP) reporter, New Zealand officials on Wednesday released a list of baby names put forward by parents that were rejected because they were too bizarre or offensive, including “Lucifer” and “Mafia No Fear”.
The list of 77 names reveals one child was set to be called “Anal” before the Department of Internal Affairs vetoed the proposal, while another narrowly avoided being dubbed “.” or full stop.
Other names on the list included “4Real”, “V8″, and “Queen Victoria”.
In some cases, parents appeared to have lost any inspiration for coming up with a moniker for their offspring, wanting to call the latest addition to the family simply “2nd”, “3rd” or “5th”.
The department’s rules forbid any name that might imply a child holds an official title or rank, so “King”, “Duke” and “Princess” were among those that had been turned down most since 2001.
“Justice” was the most popular, having been rejected 62 times, although “Justus” and “Juztice” also failed to gain official approval.
In 2008, New Zealand’s family court ordered that a nine-year-old girl whose parents had called her “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii” should have her name changed because it was embarrassing and “makes a fool of the child”.
At the time, judge Rob Murfitt criticised parents who gave their children bizarre names, citing examples such as “Number 16 Bus Shelter”, “Midnight Chardonnay” and twins called “Benson” and “Hedges”.
Can you call your child, Lucifer, Devil, Satan, Evil, Iniquity etc? the choice is yours.