How popular is the baby name Lucifer in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Lucifer.
According to New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Department, a total of 350 baby names were rejected over the last ten years (July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2011).
The top 10 rejected names were these:
- Justice (49 rejections)
- Princess (24 rejections)
- King (21 rejections)
- Prince (20 rejections)
- Royal (12 rejections)
- Duke (7 rejections)
- Bishop (7 rejections)
- Major (6 rejections)
- J (6 rejections)
- Lucifer (6 rejections)
Other rejected names were Messiah, Christ, Saint, Mafia No Fear, Anal and V8. Also rejected were single letters, Roman numerals and punctuation marks.
What are the baby-naming rules in New Zealand? No baby names are explicitly off-limits, but there are three basic restrictions:
- Names can’t be more than 100 characters long,
- Names can’t be/include/resemble an official rank or title, and
- Names shouldn’t be offensive to the general public.
Here are some past posts on baby names rejected in New Zealand, baby names approved in New Zealand, and babies getting gang names in New Zealand.
Source: List of rejected baby names released
New Zealand recently released a list of 102 baby names that have been rejected over the last two years. I can’t give you the full list — I haven’t been able to track it down, even at the New Zealand government website — but here’s a partial list:
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Source: Lucifer, Full Stop baby names rejected
Ever wonder about the Catholic church’s stance on baby names?
Here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about a baby’s baptismal name:
This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who has lived a life of exemplary fidelity to the Lord. The patron saint provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession. The “baptismal name” can also express a Christian mystery or Christian virtue.
Here’s more from the Code of Canon Law:
Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to take care that a name foreign to Christian sensibility is not given.
Lucifer and Jezebel would be examples of names that are foreign to Christian sensibility.
And here’s something interesting from The Catholic Encyclopedia:
The priest is directed to see that obscene, fabulous, and ridiculous names, or those of heathen gods or of infidel men be not imposed. On the contrary the priest is to recommend the names of saints. This rubric is not a rigorous precept, but it is an instruction to the priest to do what he can in the matter. If parents are unreasonably obstinate, the priest may add a saint’s name to the one insisted upon.
That’s right–the priest may throw in another name, if he deems it necessary. (I’ve heard of this happening, but never witnessed it.)
Sources: CCC 2156, CIC 855, Ten Questions about Canon Law, The Catholic Encyclopedia