A mom was slammed for calling her son Lucifer. Josie King was relentlessly trolled after calling into the Jeremy Vine show to share her opinions on baby names.
King, 27, says she received a lot of hate since appearing on Jeremy Vine as a caller during a debate on whether it is rude to criticize baby names.
The mom of two from Plymouth, who also has a six-year-old daughter called Talayla-May Barbara Elaine Kayleigh Kelsey Jade, says there was no inspiration for seven-month-old Lucifer‘s name, it was just one that popped into her head one day.
Here’s what she said:
“There wasn’t any inspiration for the name. I’ve looked at many baby books and I like unusual names. I don’t like having the standard names.”
“I assumed I was having a girl so I picked a girl’s name because we are a very female-dominated family – I was going to call her Narnia but then I found out I was having a boy. I like the names I like, it may not be right for other people. When I chose his name I knew people wouldn’t like it but it’s not up to them.”
“I had a couple of family members saying ‘you can’t call him that’, but I said I’m not religious so it doesn’t stand for what other people think it stands for. But my dad knows what I’m like and that I like to be unique so he said that seems like you.”
More details of the story from AWM:
King is a mother of two, but it was her “miracle baby” who was given the shocking name. The baby boy arrived in the world after King lost ten other children to miscarriages throughout the years. Apparently, King found the name “Lucifer” in a baby name book and really liked the sound of the name. Additionally, the name means “bearer of light” in Latin, so she thought it sounded like a good name for her miracle son.
During an episode of The Jeremy Vine Show, King called in to share her decision to name her baby boy Lucifer. Although she received a lot of hate from fans of the show who felt that she went too far by naming the child after the devil, she insists that it was an innocent choice that had nothing to do with Satan or the underworld of hell.
King said: “I’ve been called ‘an atheist.’ – I didn’t even know what an atheist was till last night. Everyone has their own beliefs. When it comes to religion and real life, they are very different things – one is actually living, and the other is in a book. The devil is not the meaning of my son’s name.”
According to reports, people were furious with King for choosing the name Lucifer because most people would link the child’s name to the existence of the devil.
“I have was diagnosed with hemiplegia in September, then found out I was pregnant with Lucifer in October. So the pregnancy alone was stressful. I looked at thousands of baby names, and it wasn’t a decision I made lightly because I knew it was the last child I could ever have. I had Lucifer six years since the birth of my first daughter because during that time. I lost ten children.”
“I never thought I would be given a chance to have a second child. I assumed I was having a girl, so I picked a girl’s name because we are a very female-dominated family. I was going to call her Narnia, but then I found out I was having a boy. I like the names I like. It may not be right for other people. When I chose his name, I knew people wouldn’t like it, but it’s not up to them.”
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“I didn’t like any other names, but Lucifer popped into my head and I stayed with it”
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