Order in the court.... Tennessee judge orders parents to change baby's first name

Order in the court.... Tennessee judge orders parents to change baby's first name

You think you've heard it all and then you hear a story like the one in the news today about the Tennessee judge who ordered a young couple to change the name of their infant son. Apparently the parents couldn't agree on the last name of the baby and went to the court system to decide. Once the judge learned of the baby's first name, the couple were ordered to change that as well. The baby who is now 7 months old was originally named Messiah, which is a title that the judge feels has only been earned by Jesus Christ. The baby is now named Martin DeShawn McCullough using both his mother's last name Martin and his fathers last name McCullough. The mother is now appealing the judges decision to change her sons name back to the original name she gave him at birth.

I'm always pretty vocal about how there needs to be some sort of standard to the baby name business because some of these names out here are quite ridiculous. However, I feel that this judge may have taken her position a little too far. Parents have a right to name their children whatever they please, even if the name is ridiculous. I'm not a fan of some of the names I've heard over the last few years, in fact I'm not a fan of the first name my parents gave me at birth. Still in all, I don't think a judge should have been able to change the name of this child. Sure Messiah is a religious title and some may be offended to hear of children who have that name, but shouldn't a parent have a right to name their child as they please?

I'm almost certain the appeal will be approved and little Martin will be Messiah all over again. I wonder how many other judges will follow suit and attempt to the the same thing. I've never heard of a couple even going before a judge to make a decision on a last name. Why couldn't they just use the hyphen with both names. I know some states won't even allow an unmarried woman to give her child any other last name but her own if the father isn't present to sign the birth certificate. That makes sense to me in a way but even then giving a child a name doesn't necessary lock a man into being responsible for a child who may or may not be his. But anyway, I hope this mother is allowed to give her child his original name back, not because I like the name, but because there are so many parents out here doing worse than giving a child a name someone doesn't like or understand.

Does anyone think the judge was right in making the parents change the name of their child? Should a judge even be allowed to make an order such as this? I can imagine judges in child support court ordering parents to change some of these ridiculous names out here. For the record, Messiah is a normal name compared to some of what I've heard in my lifetime. Hopefully this mother will fight for her sons' name, or just get used to calling him Martin. I guess now at least he has the names of both parents.

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  • I'm with you - while I dislike the name (and many others nowadays) it's still the parents' decision to make. I feel sorry for the child to be saddled with that name, but hopefully he'll either grow into it (whatever that could mean!) or he'll change it someday.

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