Naming Ceremonies

welcoming a child into the family

“I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring”.

A naming ceremony is the event at which an infant, a youth, or an adult is given a name or names. The timing can vary from mere days after birth to several months or many years afterwards.

Parents have many reasons for opting for a naming rather than a traditional christening it is after all a personal choice. It gives an opportunity for you to celebrate the birth of a child or to welcome adopted and stepchildren into the family. A Celebrant can assist you to create a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they pledge their love and support for your child’s future development.

Whilst naming ceremonies have no legal status they can direct the flow of the love, joy and delight the birth of a child brings. Family, friends, and those identified for special roles in support of a child, can intimately get involved to craft an event of profound significance and pleasure to earmark the hope and possibility each child brings to the world.

It is simple to arrange a civil naming ceremony a parent, legal guardian, or person who has parental responsibility of the child / children can arrange a naming ceremony. There are no constraints about parents requiring to be married to hold a naming ceremony.

Ceremonies can include a parental promise and a pledge from those identified as key supporters in the child’s life. A poem or a lullaby specifically written for the child as well as rituals that can involved other siblings or family members, can add greater poignancy to the occasion.

All this can be discussed and agreed as part of the preparation for the event.