A judge in Tennessee has taken it upon herself to change the first name of  7-month-old  Messiah DeShawn Martin to “Martin.”

And just what prompted the judge to do that you ask? Well, the judge in her infinite wisdom is declaring it’s because “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.”

OK, says who? Oh yeah, the judge

Good Lord. How did this even come to be? According to a WBIR TV report, Jaleesa Martin and the father of Messiah could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday.

That is when the first name came into question.

Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew serves the 4th Judicial District of Tenn. including the following counties: Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, and Sevier.

The name change was part of Judge Ballew’s case; however, the parents did not think the first name would be changed.

Judge Ballew ordered the 7-month-old’s name be “Martin DeShawn McCullough.” It includes both parent’s last names but leaves out Messiah.

“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,” Judge Ballew said.

Martin responded saying, “I was shocked. I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”

According to Judge Ballew, it is the first time she has ordered a first name change. She said the decision is best for the child, especially while growing up in a county with a large Christian population.

“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,” Judge Ballew said.

Apparently judge Ballew has somehow missed know that the world is populated with numerous people named Jesus. That’s Jesus. In fact, we did a Google search of how many people are named “Jesus” in the and in the USA alone, the tally came to over 242,000!

So, at the very least, Judge Ballew’s reasoning is faulty at best and will no doubt be overturned.

7 thoughts on “Mother Appealing Judge’s Baby Name Change From ‘Messiah’ to Martin

  1. The judge has no authority or right. In a video this woman stated her religious beliefs which in itself place her in a compromising position as a magistrate. This is the 21st century. The young woman and her son are not chattel (property). They are citizens of the United States, free by all laws (amendments) pertaining, and have rights guaranteed by the Constitution. What next? The Hispanics, Latinos, and etcetera will not be able to name their sons Jesus? Where is change.org?

  2. The Judge does not have the authority to change the baby name regardless of her personal beliefs. If she does then millions of other people need to be in court in order for Judges in different cities to do the same.

  3. SayWhat on said:

    The judge definitely overstepped her authority. She had no right to rename the woman’s child. I think the judge was offended by the woman naming the child Messiah. I don’t think she was concerned about the child being teased. Kids have been teased for more common names.

  4. From a Christian’s perspective, I totally understand and agree with Judge Ballew reasoning although she does not have the power to rename someone’s child.

    From a parent’s perspective, why make the baby’s life harder giving him a name that is surely to be ridiculed as he grows into a young man? It’s bad enough that our African American males are getting such a hard time in society these days, without having additional issues due to his name.

  5. Wildflower on said:

    I think “Messiah” is a beautiful name for a young man. Some people on this earth just have a lot of nerve. They get these position’s of power and it goes straight to their heads. If I were the mom before I left that court room that day I would have let that judge know what my son’s name was not the other way around.

  6. This judge is crazy. Seems like a personal opinion issue the judge had to me. Does this name violate any LAWS or does it violate the judges own personal ethics and judgement? This should be overturned. Personally, I’m not sure why you would want to name your child Messiah, but hey thats up to the parents NOT A JUDGE!!! I hope the family fights this and I hope this is overturned!!!

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