Not the Messiah, just a boy called Martin
A Tennessee judge’s decision to change a baby’s first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who believe the judge overstepped her powers and those who think parents’ creativity should have some limits. The controversy started when the boy’s mother sought an order to establish paternity. It included a request for the judge to determine the child’s last name. When Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew heard Messiah’s first name, she decided it should be changed, too, saying the child could face problems with the name Messiah. The name on his birth certificate was Messiah DeShawn Martin. The judge changed it to Martin DeShawn McCullough, giving the boy his father’s last name while replacing Messiah with his mother’s surname.