Child Can't Be Named 'Messiah'

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Child Can't Be Named 'Messiah'
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 11:13am

A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby boy’s name to be changed from “Messiah” after deciding it is a title that has “only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.”

NBC station WBIR reported that the parents of the 7-month-old went to a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court because they could not agree on his surname.

“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,” Ballew said, according to WBIR-TV.

Interesting!  It makes me wonder if this will set some kind of precident though.  Where will lines be drawn and what will be considered an acceptable or unacceptable name?  What do you think of the ruling?

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Mon, 08-12-2013 - 1:36pm

While I can't imagine why any intelligent person would name their child "Messiah", I do believe parents have the right to name their children anything they want.

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 2:31pm

'Messiah' certainly isn't something I'd want to name my child.  What a name to live up to- eek!  But I wouldn't want anyone telling me what I could or couldn't name my child either.  

Hope, Mommy to Spencer Expecting Baby #2 09/17/12
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Mon, 08-12-2013 - 3:24pm
I can't decide how I feel. On one hand I'm glad that a judge stepped in to prevent this poor child to be saddled with such a name. On the other, it could start a scary precedent. I have to say though, that there are a lot of names out there that I wish a judge would change for the child's sake!

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