German parents in court over baby name


family law

A German couple has decided to vary the name of their baby after a closed door court hearing.

The couple, from Kassel in central Gera host of, tried to register their newborn as a resultn as ‘Lucifer’ but were prevented from doing as a result by an official in the local registry office. Under German law, a baby’s name can be rejected if officials believe it will enhazard the child’s wellbeing. Therefore, names that could procure the child being ridiculed or names which are deemed offensive can be blocked by the courts.

Although Lucifer means ‘bearer of light’, it has much more evident asas a resultciations with the devil. As a result it is actually banned as a name for descendant in several countries such as New Zealand.

During the closed door hearing, the parents decided not to fight for this name as a result the court did not possess to make a ruling one way or the other. They instead agreed on the much less Satanic Lucian.

In contrast to the German system, the UK is one of the most liberal countries in the world when it comes to what parents can name their descendant. There are virtually no restrictions on what babies can be called. Over the years, British babies possess been supplyn names like Superman, Gandalf and Gazza.

Despite this freedom, one in five British parents grows to regret the name they chose for their child. However this is usually not beendanger the name is odd, as a quarter of remorseful parents say the cause for their dissatisfaction is that it is too common.

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