Naming your Child

Who: Children of any age can have a naming ceremony. The ceremony allows the family unit to make a commitment to the child. Any parent or person who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of the child can arrange a naming ceremony. The childs parents do not need to be married.

Where: Naming ceremonies like weddings, can take place anywhere. Some ceremonies are held at the parent’s home, at a local park, chapel or reception centre.

Length: Every ceremony is individually created and therefore it could take anywhere from ten minutes up to half an hour, depending on the readings and other options that are included.

Documentation: A commemorative Naming Certificate is signed during the ceremony by the parents, supporting adults and the Celebrant. This certificate cannot be used as proof of identification, nor is the ceremony legally binding – it is a meaningful public gesture of love and commitment from all of those involved in your child’s life. On the day, you will also receive a copy of the ceremony as a keepsake.  Upon request, I also provide Thank You certificates for the Grandparents and Godparents.

When: These ceremonies can take place at any time that is convenient to all who are involved.

Weddings: Some people choose to combine a naming with a wedding, especially if the marriage will unite the child with a new parent, creating a new family unit or if the marriage creates a new surname for the child. The naming ceremony would usually follow the marriage ceremony.


  • Naming your Child
    Naming your Child
  • Create a Special Ceremony
    Create a Special Ceremony
  • Structure for Ceremony
    Structure for Ceremony
  • Special Rituals
    Special Rituals
  • Readings