Thoughts on Lucifer?

I was not only surprised to find [name]Lucifer[/name] on the top searched baby name list this week but also to find that 8 little boys were given that name in 2011.

I absolutely love the name [name]Lucifer[/name], I always have been. I love the sound and the visual and the meaning “light-bearer”.

However, the connotation to Satan has always made it a “no-go”. So, I’ve been saving both for pets - in particular cats.

I was wondering what everyone else’s thoughts are on the name [name]Lucifer[/name]. Similarly I love Iblis - which is legitimately the word the Qur’an uses for the Devil.

Are [name]Lucifer[/name] and Iblis useable? Are they “what were you thinking name”?

Well I like the name quite a bit, but I don’t think I’d be brave enough to give it to my kid because of the negative reactions they’d get from their name. I’m fine with the association, but my kid might not be and it’d be them that has to deal with it later in life.

I love the “bearer of light” meaning but being an actual name of the devil no matter what your religion (or not) just seems cruel to me. Its not like we are talking about a name like [name]Damien[/name] with a movie image attached to it which the average person sees as “bad” but its a name thats been at least around long enough to have other associations. Kind of like if I had the name [name]Adolph[/name] in a vacuum with no predjudace to the well known evil person with this name, it sounds pretty cool. But both names carry too much baggage and negative history and I would hope regardless of how they look and sound any parent would think of the imagine attached.

I mean, naming your child “one person” names like [name]Oprah[/name] and [name]Beyonce[/name] may be nms in my eyes, but to give your child the name [name]Lucifer[/name] is a whole different ballgame.

I also like the sound and the meaning of [name]Lucifer[/name] in a vacuum, but I think that [name]Lucifer[/name] and Iblis (which I’ve never encountered before but think also has a very nice sound) are both unwearable. Ibis, like the bird, might be a nice alternative to Iblis, though.

[name]Lucifer[/name] is really a “no-go” name. [name]Even[/name] if YOU aren’t religious, a great number of people are and would find it offensive. It’s like the opposite of naming your child “[name]Messiah[/name]” and both names would be a burden for any child so they aren’t appropriate. [name]Just[/name] because a name “sounds” cool doesn’t always translate to wearability in the real world. I don’t find Iblis very attractive in sound or look.

[name]Lucifer[/name] is a definite no-go in my book. Any name with a really bad connotation or connection can and will be burdensome to wear.

It’s a positive meaning, no doubt, but the negative connotations are far too strong, and will most definitely send out negative images to people who meet im.

[name]Lucifer[/name] is not only the name of the devil, but also of the mean cat in [name]Cinderella[/name], and also close to [name]Lucius[/name] which is the name of [name]Draco[/name] Malfoy’s father in [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name].
I just don’t think it’s a smart choice at all. I find it funny that you like Iblis as well, that ones a massive “not a good idea”. I know for sure that many many Muslims will feel like you have animosity towards Islam and are demonstrating that in naming your child after Iblis. It’d be extremely offensive.
Maybe you’d like [name]Idris[/name]?

I think they shouldn’t be used personally, at all. [name]Lucifer[/name] might be able to break through someday in the next 50 decades if the world turns secular, but even then I find it offensive to use. As well as Iblis, that ones just a massive no imo. I’d feel awful for children “named after” the devil.

While I like the name too, I would never want to burden a child with it. It would just be cruel imo. I think a safer choice would be [name]Lucius[/name].

Not workable.

[name]Lucifer[/name]? Oh H#!! no!

Sorry, couldn’t resist going there. I have a wee bit of devil streak in me- dang it!

Perhaps for a pet, but [name]Lucifer[/name] on a child would be completely inappropriate. Why would you give your child a name that’s synonymous with Satan, regardless of what your religious beliefs are?

I want to defend one of those 8 little [name]Lucifer[/name]'s born. I know one of them! A very close family friend named his son [name]Lucifer[/name] [name]Alastair[/name]. You’d be surprised how often people tell him how cool and brave he is for using it. It’s actually sort of a 50/50 with weird looks and “wow so cool and brave”. He is the nicest, sweetest kid. Since he’s been around people so often, they’ve sort of morphed the name into the way he is, and less this mythological connection it has. He goes by [name]Luc[/name] sometimes. (People are naming their children [name]Pandora[/name], Alasor (demon in Greek myth), Hades…why not [name]Lucifer[/name]?)

Besides that, theologians are not even sure [name]Lucifer[/name] and Satan are the same people. Not everyone connects the 2.

After saying all that, and thinking it’s a legitamately gorgeous and wonderful name, I still think you’d get a lot of weird looks and what not (though if my friend is any indication, people will grow to associate the name with the child) , and you’d have to be very strong to give such a name to your child.

Completely aside from the obvious association, it feels a bit feminine to me. [name]Lucille[/name], [name]Luz[/name], [name]Lucinda[/name], etc.

Totally a bold choice! I have no religious affiliation myself, but I wouldn’t use it if only because it falls into the “why would you saddle your kid with that” category. It wouldn’t be worth potentially turning people off to him at first meeting. [name]Shame[/name].

[name]Lucifer[/name] [name]Alastair[/name]? See now I am curious what the inspiration was for the middle name? :slight_smile:

I love the name. Always have. Unfortunately, the bible has forever ruined the name forever. :frowning:

I would be concerned writing that on a resume or job application. [name]How[/name] many employers do you think would have an automatic bad association before they even meet him.

@dantea do you know how your friends came to the decision to name their child [name]Lucifer[/name] [name]Alastair[/name]? It’s an intriguing combo and I’d love to hear more if you know more.

No!!!god no!!!

I’m bold, but I’m not that bold. [name]Even[/name] an Atheist shouldn’t use the name [name]Lucifer[/name].

In theory I love it. In reality… it seems like just asking for trouble. Resumes, school rosters… In this day and age people often see your name before they meet and/or get to know you, he’d be immediately prejudged by his “evil” name. And, honestly, who could/would take someone named [name]Lucifer[/name] seriously?

On another note: I have a (black) cat named [name]Lucifer[/name] (who had a brother named [name]Jesus[/name]) who wears it like a boss. :wink: