What is a Naming Ceremony?

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

A naming ceremony is a non religious alternative to a Christening or Baptism.

(As per Wikipedia: A Naming ceremony is an event at which a person or persons is officially assigned a name. Various countries participate in this practice, with methods differing over cultures and religions. The timing at which a name is assigned can vary from some days after birth to several months or many years).

Baby at naming ceremony

You might not be religious but would still like to show the world (or just your family and friends) your commitment and love to the latest addition to your family, whether that is a new born or an adoption. A naming ceremony is an ideal way you can do this.

The naming of a child is an important part of their life. As the child grows the name will become synonymous with their character and personality. It is their identity and should be bestowed upon them with love.

As well as parents, a child needs other people to guide and support them through childhood to adulthood. You can choose who those people will be; grandparents, close friends or other relatives, all can play a part in the education and support of the child.

A naming ceremony could include the following (but the choice is yours):

· Welcoming music

· Welcome by the Celebrant on behalf of the parents and the story behind the event and why/how the name was chosen

· The meaning of the name chosen

· A ritual to welcome the child (simple or complex)

· A reading or poem of your choice

· Parents vows and promises

· Promises from Grandparents or other significant people in their life

· ‘Chosen adults’ promises

· A closing statement & blessing

· Closing music

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