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Judge orders boy's name changed from Messiah to Martin

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A judge in Tennessee ordered the parents of a young boy change his name from Messiah to Martin because "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."

The baby's parents were in court last week in eastern Tennessee to settle on the boy's sir name when Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the first name be changed, according to WBIR-TV.

The parents are appealing the decision.

Messiah was fourth on the list of fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's ist of popular baby names.

Jaleesa Martin told the TV news station that she was "shocked" and didn't think a judge could "make me change my baby's name."

In the meantime, the boy's legal name is Martin DeShawn McCullough which includes both parents' last name.

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