Mom Ordered To Change Son’s Name From Messiah To Martin.

By on August 14, 2013

” 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, Everybody believes what they want to, so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else” - Jaleesa Martin.

The mother of seven-month old child is appealing to court’s decision after a judge ruled her son’s name be changed from Messiah.

The magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the child’s name be changed to Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes the last names of both parents.


According to Ballew, the word Messiah is a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ. Ballew said her decision was made in the child’s best interests, and that the name would not bode well amongst the community’s 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,” said Ballew.

Jaleesa Martin, the child’s mother, told WBIR-TV that she did not choose the name because of its religious connotation, but rather to fit in with the names of her other two children, Micah and Mason. Her appeal will be heard by the Cocke County Chancellor on Sept. 17.

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