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7 baby boys named ‘Lucifer’ in England last year

Satan, the Fallen Angel is flung from Heaven and nears the confines of the Earth on his way to Hell. An engraving by Gustave Dore from Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. (Getty Images)

Seven baby boys were named Lucifer in England and Wales in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The name, which is most commonly applied to the devil before his fall from grace, increased in popularity from the previous year, when four boys were given the name.

The name’s popularity may be down to a television show, the Netflix police drama Lucifer, which features the Devil as a nightclub owner in Los Angeles.

According to the statistics, another three boys in 2017 were called Johnpaul (spelt as one word), compared to 18 John-Pauls. There were also 233 called Francis and 91 called Benedict.