Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is an alternative way to celebrate the arrival of a new baby—but can also be performed to mark other naming occasions, for instance, when a child is adopted.
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Naming ceremonies Surrey

A naming ceremony is an alternative way to celebrate the arrival of a new baby—but can also be performed to mark other naming occasions, for instance, when a child is adopted. The ceremonies are normally non-religious, although you may wish to include elements which are important to you.

They are not legally binding, and they do not alter the name on the birth certificate—that’s a completely different legal process.

As your family celebrant, I would love to meet with you, so that we can work together to create a meaningful and delightful ceremony to welcome your child into the family.

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Why a naming ceremony?

Why a naming ceremony?

It’s an inclusive, personal and beautiful ceremony. It provides a wonderful opportunity for you, as parents, to present your child (or children) with their given name, and include something about its meaning to you—the origins of the name, the qualities associated with it, or something more personal about the choice. (Perhaps it’s in memory of one of your descendants?)

The ceremony can, if you choose, introduce guardians or mentors for your child, and it is an occasion where promises and intentions are spoken aloud. And why not ask your friends and family in attendance to support you in keeping those promises and intentions?

Where to start

Where to start

Find a venue of your choice—your own home, or a place that has some meaning for you, inside or in the great outdoors. As for timings, do bear in mind that normally 45 minutes is about the maximum that most youngsters (and adults – let’s be fair!) can be expected to remain focused.

When we have our initial meeting, we can talk through the readings and music you’d like, and who will contribute to the occasion and how. There are some evocative elements that we can introduce, like unity rituals, or perhaps planting a tree to commemorate the joyful day. I’m more than happy to make suggestions and discuss these with you. Of course, I’m sure you have your own ideas and we can formalise these to include in your own special ceremony.