Judge Deems ‘Messiah’ Inappropriate, Orders Parents to Change Baby’s Name
A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah to Martin, because she says ‘Messiah’ is a title that has to be earned.
“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.”
“I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means ‘God,’ ” Jaleesa Martin tells WBIR, “and I didn’t think a judge could make me change my baby’s name because of her religious beliefs.”
According to the Social Security Administration, the name Messiah has gained popularity recently, and was fourth on the SSA’s list of fastest-growing names for 2012.