According to this news report, a judge disagreed with a parent’s choice of name for their child and went ahead and changed it.
A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”
Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY). The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too.
Ballew said the name Messiah could cause problems if the child grows up in Cocke County, which has a large Christian population.
“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 judge said.
The judge may be fighting a battle that is already lost. According to that same report, to the Social Security Administration says that Messiah was fourth in the list of the fastest-rising baby names in 2012 in the US.
On my bookshelf is a highly regarded two-volume set of textbooks titled Quantum Mechanics by Albert Messiah. But he was French and his named was pronounced more like ‘messier’. There was no danger of people thinking that he represented the second coming of Jesus because we all know that the messiah must be an American.