A Lucifer By Any Other Name Would Be Legal in New Zealand

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Kids can be devils sometimes, can’t they? Well, not in New Zealand, they can’t.

New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has now rejected three parents’ requests to name their new babies Lucifer, effectively banning the name, reports the Australian Associated Press.

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This is part of a wider effort to become stricter about what flies when it comes to giving your newborn a moniker no one else on the playground will have. Three years ago, the agency came under fire for allowing Violence, Number 16 Bus Shelter, and a set of twins, Benson and Hedges (after the cigarette brand) to come into the world.

Then came Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii. She was so troubled by her name that she legally changed it—at age nine. In allowing her to do so, Family Court Judge Rob Murfitt said strange names could traumatize youngsters: “It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap.”

In the past two years the registrar has cracked down, saying no to 102 names including Bishop, Knight, King, and Mr, insisting that they were too much like titles. Messiah also didn’t work, neither did 89 or the single letters, C, D, or T (though Q and J curiously managed to slide through after being queried). Slashes and asterisks within names are also a no go.

Newsfeed is very sorry, /*Lucifer*/.

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Zara Kessler is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @zarafk. You can also continue the discussion on TIME‘s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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