Swedish authorities intervened when parents tried to give their child 'devil name' 3 weeks ago

Swedish authorities intervened when parents tried to give their child 'devil name'

Nope.

That is the answer parents in the Swedish city of Uppsala got when they tried to name their son Lucifer recently.

According to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, authorities like the Swedish tax- and people register returned the parents' application with a firm 'no' and forbid them going with their first choice of name for the little boy.

Their reason?

The name Lucifer can be seen as having a 'connection with the devil' and could hence lead to the boy have problems due to his name later in life.

Apparently, the parents could not understand the decision and claimed they had picked the name simply because they liked how it sounded, and not because they in any way believed it to mean 'the devil.'

Interestingly, several people in Sweden already have the name Lucifer, but the country's naming laws were changed in 2017, and it is now far more restrictive than previously, the newspaper points out.

As well as Lucifer, a Swedish man in his 40s who recently looked to change his name to Beelsebul was also turned down on the same grounds, as this name too was seen to mean Satan.

What do YOU think, parents? Would you have gone for Lucifer? Do you think parents should have complete freedom when it comes to naming their children? Or do you agree that there should be certain limits in place?