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Judge: He's not the Messiah... he's a very normal boy

A Tennessee judge has ruled that a seven-month-old baby boy called Messiah must have his named changed to Martin, saying the only true messiah is Jesus Christ.

The parents of Messiah DeShawn Martin had gone to court because they could not agree on their son's last name, but judge Ann Ballew went a step further in the baby's denomination.

"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," Ballew told the WBIR TV station after the ruling.

A judge ruled that the title "messiah" has only been earned by Jesus Christ. Credit: Reuters/Parth Sanyal

The mother of the baby, who is now called Martin DeShawn McCullough, said she will appeal against the change.

Messiah was the US's fourth fastest-growing baby name in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names.