Judge Orders Mother to Change Her Baby’s Name


According to wbir in Tennessee, a judge ordered a name change for a baby boy who was named Messiah by his mother. The judge unilaterally decided Messiah was a title not a name.

The boy’s parents were in court because they couldn’t decide on the child’s last name. The judge didn’t think the first name was appropriate and ordered that changed too.

Who gave her the right to make that decision?

She felt the name would put him at odds with a lot of people. That may be, but since when is this the government’s choice?

The judge decided his name would be Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents’ last name.

Jaleesa Martin, the baby’s mother, said she will appeal because how she names her child is her business. I have to agree with her there.

“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.

The judge said, “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.”

By the judge’s standards, Apollo, Jesus, Chancellor, Duke, Mahatma, Marshall, Marquis, Major, Prince, York should all be banned. Where do we stop?

I had students with odd names. One was named Heaven. No one teased her and she loved her name so who am I to judge?

If Jay-Z can name his daughter NorthWest and Gwyneth Paltrow can name her daughter Apple, this parent can name her child Messiah.

It’s pretty amazing that a judge would feel she has the right to name someone’s child.

Messiah DeShawn Martin Photo of baby formerly known as Messiah