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Well, thank God, baby Messiah can keep his name. A judge in Tennessee (shockingly) ordered a couple to change the boy's name from Messiah to Martin, but another judge just said, 'no.'
As written in The Huffington Post, the first judge said "`Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ," and "Labeling this child `Messiah' places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill."
A tough name to live up to
I am torn on this one. True, Messiah is a tough one to live up to, but so is Star and Beautiful if you're not. And there are far worse names people have tried (Anus, Adolf Hitler or Idiot Ruiz, anyone?), so this one is kind of tame by comparison.
It is a ludicrous name to be sure and after being made fun of for the 1000th time, Wellness dictates the kid is likely to either change his name to Martin or Al or, become the Messiah.
Fun Factoid: According to the Staten Island Advance, the Social Security Administration, “Messiah” was in the top 400 baby names for 2012. (Nearly 4,000 babies were named “Jesus” (it's near the top 100) about 500 were named “Mohammed”; and 29 were named “Christ.”)
I guess if you have parents who will name you Adolf Hitler or 4 Real, your name is the least of your worries. Of course being another Jacob or Sophia could condemn them to a life of boring anonymity.