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Mother appealing after judge rules on son’s name change
TENNESSEE (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Tennessee mother is appealing a judge's decision ordering her son's name be changed from "Messiah."
It started when the baby's mother and father could not agree on a last name so they went to a child support hearing.
That's when child support Judge Lu Ann Ballew ordered his name be changed to Martin McCullough.
It includes both parents' last names, but leaves out Messiah.
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, said Judge Lu Ann Ballew.
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, said the boys mother Jaleesa Martina.
Messiah was actually the 4th most popular baby name last year.
The judge says she made the decision in the best interest of the child.