Many families and friends wish to celebrate the birth of a baby with a special ceremony. Ceremonies can also be arranged to welcome adoptive children and step-children into a new family. A uniquely designed Naming Ceremony is one way to meet this wish.
Naming Ceremonies offer a dignified and formal chance to:
Welcome the child into the family and wider community.
Announce the child’s names and maybe give the reasons for the choice.
Make promises to nurture and support the child into adult life.
Invite selected adults to promise to support the parents and child.
Reflect on the wonder of birth.
Recognise that children are society's hope for the future.
A Naming Ceremony can be arranged by any parent:
whether married or not;
with or without any spiritual or religious beliefs;
from any cultural background.
Your Unique Ceremony
Specially written ceremonies are available with choices to give special meaning to your Naming Ceremony.
choose the promises you make to the child;
choose the promises you make to your partner;
invite other adults to make promises to the child;
include grandparents in the ceremony;
refer to absent family and friends;choose from a selection of poems and readings;
give your child a gift to mark the occasion.
A souvenir record of the ceremony will be signed and presented during the event.