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What's in a Name?

The long-awaited return of the Messiah has come to pass... in Cocke County, Tennessee.  [Teal recently posted about this too.]
Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew has ordered that little 7 month old Messiah be renamed because only Jesus Christ can be called Messiah.
How did this case even get before the judge whose taste in jewelry tends toward the religious (when speaking to CNN affiliate WBIR, she wore earrings in the shape of a cross)?   It seems the poor kid's unmarried parents could not agree on a LAST name.  But the judge focused on the FIRST name.  She gave the parents one hour to agree on a new name but, heavens, they were apparently unable to do that, so the judge made the decision for them.  Henceforth the little boy would be known as Martin DeShawn McCullough (the father's last name).
The mom insists she will continue to call him Messiah which, according to  U.S. Social Security Administration stats, was the 4th fastest growing boy's name from 2011-12.  It appears, then, that there are plenty of little budding Messiahs tottering around out there who, thank the Lord, escaped the attention of Judge Ballew.
My own view is that, if this judge wants to get into name changing at all, she ought to focus instead on renaming Cocke County.  And what about all those Mexican kids named Jesus???

posted on Aug 15, 2013 7:57 AM ()


Boys get named after deities, while girls get named after mice. Not fair.
comment by drmaus on Aug 16, 2013 7:45 AM ()
Mice?? Carol? Brenda? Donna? What am I missing here?
reply by steeve on Aug 17, 2013 6:12 AM ()
only in America
comment by kevinshere on Aug 15, 2013 9:15 PM ()
Well, our President's name is Barack, after all.
reply by steeve on Aug 17, 2013 6:13 AM ()
No!! My relative might have been named AFTER the famous general.
comment by troutbend on Aug 15, 2013 6:45 PM ()
This is too much. I had heard something on the subject.... thanks for the details.
comment by jjoohhnn on Aug 15, 2013 6:42 PM ()
Amazing, huh?
reply by steeve on Aug 15, 2013 7:24 PM ()
Two of my lawn guys in CA were named 'Jesus.' I know an Hispanic waiter around here named 'Immanuel.' I see nothing wrong with parents selecting names for their children. What a farce. The judge should be sacked.
comment by jondude on Aug 15, 2013 12:54 PM ()
That magistrate missed her calling. She should have been a party planner.
reply by steeve on Aug 15, 2013 1:02 PM ()
One of my ancestors, the one who was the first settler in Boulder County, CO, had a son named Marquis de Lafayette Akins who lived in Colorado until the 1880s. Everyone else in that family had prosaic names. For example, his sister, my great-grandmother, was named Martha. I have no idea what the deal was with naming a kid Marquis de Lafayette (aka Lafe), but there was a French general who fought in the American Revolutionary War by that name, so maybe my relative was named after him.
comment by troutbend on Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM ()
You're related to a real American Revolutionary hero, the Frenchman whose full name was -- are you ready? -- Marie Jean Paul Joseph Roche Yves Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. Hey, that's at least 7 cousins in one name!!
reply by steeve on Aug 15, 2013 1:00 PM ()
I thought about all the kids named Jesus when I heard this. It is hard for me to grasp that someone would want to name a child Messiah. I have a grand nephew named Briden so who am I to talk?
comment by elderjane on Aug 15, 2013 11:18 AM ()
Girls can live with unusual names much more than boys. I'm certainly not suggesting naming a girl Messiah...
reply by steeve on Aug 15, 2013 12:47 PM ()

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