"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 (Z: apparently not, see the red above!) 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
What do you think? Me, I think growing up in COCKE County is bad enough for a little boy, but maybe that's just me :-). oops.
And, by the way..MESSIAH is the No 4 fastest-rising baby names? WHAT?
WOW...they say we're beginning to be a country of people with no God, that we're 'all about us' to the point that we worship ourselves, and how injurious that is to any society...but MESSIAH? "Hi, I'm MESSIAH?!"
What do you think? Like the name? Like the Judge's stepping in? Do you think either the name or the intrusion is appropriate?