'People call my baby's name an abomination - it's illegal abroad but we love it'

A mother of four has defended her decision to name her son Lucifer, as trolls say it's an abomination.

Ronni Lily, 27, and her partner, Brad, welcomed little Lucifer Ashley on January 20 of this year and reckon it's a 'pretty cool' choice - but not everybody agrees. The Birmingham-based couple decided on the name when Ronni was 16 weeks pregnant, after being inspired by the Netflix series, Lucifer.

Although she's had to deal with a fierce backlash, Ronni, who wasn't swayed by any other name during her pregnancy, says the controversial moniker fits her child like a glove. Despite having a surprisingly sweet meaning - 'bearer of light' or 'Morning Star' - the name Lucifer is more commonly associated with its most famous bearer - the devil.

Indeed, so reviled is this name that it's actually banned in some countries. And although it's perfectly legal in the UK, Ronni and Brad have had to contend with some pretty fiery reactions...

'people call my baby's name an abomination - it's illegal abroad but we love it'

Ronni with her youngest son, Lucifer.

'people call my baby's name an abomination - it's illegal abroad but we love it'

Lucifer

Ronni said: "We named our second son Lucifer. Trolls told me it's illegal, but we love it. We are so blessed to have two boys and two girls and in a boy, girl, boy, girl order. We had a deal that I had final say on our daughter's names and Brad could choose our son's names.

"When I was pregnant, he had just finished watching the show [Lucifer] and we both agreed it was a pretty cool name. Of course, we are aware of a certain connotation, but we are not religious."

The couple are also proud parents to Lucifer's three older siblings; Lola, six, Lincoln, three and Lilac, two. They say this was far from a last-minute decision, and that they 'both loved it from the start and still do'. Unfortunately, not all relatives felt the same way.

'people call my baby's name an abomination - it's illegal abroad but we love it'

Brad with his four children: Lilac, Lincoln, Lola and Lucifer

Ronni, who has no regrets, recalled: "One family member didn't hold back. Not only did she tell us she absolutely hated it, she actually said it was an 'abomination' to call a baby that name. She still won't use his full name but she calls him Luci. [But] my dad loved it straight away, he said it was really different and bold and to stick with it."

The teaching assistant also sparked hellfire after posting about her son's unusual name in an online mum group, with incensed fellow parents arguing that it was 'illegal' and 'cruel'. Ronni disagrees with this assessment, however, and reckons kids are far more worried about branded trainers nowadays than unique names.

According to Ronni: "If a kid is a bully, they will find something to pick on. I teach all my children positive affirmations and to be confident and headstrong. I'm not concerned his name will cause him problems at school or later in life. On Facebook, people said they hoped it was only a nickname and told me I wouldn't be legally allowed to register him with that name.

"Other parents said I've named him after the devil, so he will be like the devil. That's just stupid, you can't negatively label a child. His name is unusual but strong and I just ignored troll comments, what we call our child has nothing to do with them. I'm very hard-skinned and positive comments outweighed any negative comments and most importantly, we love it."

'people call my baby's name an abomination - it's illegal abroad but we love it'

Lucifer with his siblings: Lola, Lilac and Lincoln.

'people call my baby's name an abomination - it's illegal abroad but we love it'

Lucifer

Ronni also claims other mums have confessed to being secretly jealous that they didn't pick the name out for themselves. She revealed: "Amid the negative comments and judgement, lots of other mums admitted they loved the name and had considered using it but let their worries get the better of them and other people put them off.

"I'm sad that so many parents admitted online that they loved the name, but decided against it due to peer pressure and outdated views. When he was born, midwives told us they loved the name and encouraged us not to change it."

Although Lucifer was banned in New Zealand back in 2013, Ronni insists she faced no issues at the registry office over here in the UK. She shared: "At the Registrar's office, we had no problems at all. No raised eyebrows or gasps of disgust. The registrar simply confirmed the spelling and that was it.

"I'm sure they hear far worse names every day. I did Google where his name is illegal and I don't know if that means he can't live or travel there or if it's only illegal to be registered with that name in that country. I haven't given any thought to if he could get married in church, if he ever wanted to.

"I really don't think there will be any long-term problems, but he has a common middle name he can use if he ever wants or needs to."

When it comes to introducing Lucifer to strangers offline, Ronni says she tends to get positive reactions – however she has come up against a fair bit of shock. Ronni continued: "Generally people love it, but a few have given me a nervous laugh. Sometimes when people ask I warn them first and say 'it's quite unusual' or controversial.

"That's just to give them a moment to know that I'm not going to care what they say. Ultimately, people either like It or don't, but their opinion isn't relevant. [My son] is such a cheeky chap. There is nothing 'devilish' about his behaviour or personality. He is Lucifer, the legend. There is nothing negative about his name."

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