Foolishness Of The Day!

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.

It was the first time she ordered a first name change, the judge 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.

The judge in eastern Tennessee said the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents’ last name.

The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy’s two siblings — Micah and Mason.

“Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else,” Martin said.

Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, which has a large Christian population.

“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,” the judge said.

Who says she wanted the child to have her last name as his first name? Personally, if there isn’t a marriage the woman should get to choose the child’s last name. Most women name their children after their father, but some do not. It should be their choice. If the man wanted a choice, he should have married the woman, lol.

My take: The Judge was out-of-order for changing the child’s first name!

Chime In! 


  1. I think the judge was out of order on this one, too; methinks she let her own religious beliefs cloud her judgement and, hopefully, the decision will be overturned on appeal.


  2. I was reading about this and I’m on the fence. While I do feel it was absolutely not the judge’s place to make such a decision, I did look sideways at the fact that she named him Messiah.


      1. I remember that- it hit headlines when a baker refused to put the name on a birthday cake. You’re right, as sideways as we may look at things, it is the parent’s prerogative to name as they please.


  3. I think a parent should be able to name a kid whatever they want. If they child grows up and doesn’t like then they should change it.

    How dare a judge be allowed to take away the right of a parent?


      1. I mean people give there kids some cracked out names and jacked up spellings but it’s their right.

        He wasted state money for this BS, and how did this even get to court?


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