Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew has ordered the name change, saying Messiah is a title that has been earned by one person “and that one person is Jesus Christ”.
According to WBIR-TV, the parents were in court in eastern Tennessee because they could not agree on the seven-month-old baby’s last name.
When the judge heard his first name, she ordered it changed, so the baby is now called “Martin DeShawn McCullough”.
That name includes both parents’ last name.
The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, says she will appeal.
She says Messiah is unique.
Messiah is number four among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names.
Judge Ballew said the decision was best for the child, especially as the boy would be growing up in a country with a “large Christian population”.
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