Judge Changes Baby’s Name From Messiah To Martin

7-month-old Martin Deshawn McCullogh, formerly called Messiah. Photo: Heidi Wigdahl of WBIR-TV

Tennessee Child Support Magistrate, Lu Ann Ballew ordered a 7-month-old baby’s name to be changed last week according to WBIR TV. The boys parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name. Apparently the father’s last name; McCullogh was not on the baby’s birth certificate which listed the child’s name as, Messiah Deshawn Martin.

When the judge heard the boy’s first name she ordered it changed too. Judge Ballew has been quoted as saying, “The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”

Naturally, the baby’s mother plans to appeal the ruling.

Now… for me, this one falls in the “What The Heck!??” category. I’m not at all surprised a Judge ordered the name changed and I won’t even raise an eyebrow if a higher court rules the forced name change is illegal and reverses the order.

What shocked me is that someone actually named her child, “Messiah.” I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this. It simply never occurred to me “Messiah” would be a name that anyone would even consider naming her child.

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12 thoughts on “Judge Changes Baby’s Name From Messiah To Martin”

  1. I agree that is a rather inappropriate name that will offend a lot of people that he meets. So I don’t think he should be named that, but maybe the judge could have given the parents a certain amount of time to think of a different name for their child themselves. Maybe they would have picked Josiah or something else that sounds similar, so that they could be happy with it and/or their child wouldn’t have to relearn a totally different sounding name.

  2. I saw this in the news, and I don’t quite know what to think. It’s really interesting, and that’s about all I can say on this topic.

    LIke you, I sort of wonder why they chose that. For shock factor? For uniqueness? I just wonder why people do the things they do, but I suppose it’s meant to be a mystery to me (lol).

  3. I am a bit shocked that the judge did stand up for Jesus’s name but we all know that he was the real true Messiah. I just know that there is no imitation for the real Messiah and that there is only one. I am not sure if the parent violated the constitution which is what people are going to argue in the mom’s defense. Is it morally wrong, absolutely! Was it legally wrong, probably not. I can’t wait to see what the outcome of this case is.

    If a judge tossed out Messiah it makes me wonder why a judge doesn’t toss out the Jesus (Hey – Sues). Just a thought provoking similarity.

  4. As much as a child’s name should be the choice of the parents, I am impressed that this judge actually stood up for the title of Jesus! Wow.

    Also, it seems like a good compromise – letting the child have the father’s last name as his first.


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