Tennessee Judge Changes Infant’s Name From “Messiah”

Source: AP / CBS News

NEWPORT, TENN.A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV. The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too.

“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is,” Ballew said.

Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names.

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  • David W Moore

    Who died and left her the name god???

  • robbiecee

    The judicial system needs a major overall-. No where in the Bible was Jesus called Messiah– he was called “The Messiah”!

  • Tricee2000

    I know who my Savior is, it is The Messiah! King Jesus!!! This judge is slick prejudice, because this child is African American and she has a problem with it!! I mean REALLY LADY!!! I guess she looking for her to change it to Marcus or Mario!!! Get yo life woman!!! TI has child name Messiah and a child name King!! We know they ain’t The One!!!