Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is an event where an infant, a young person, 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. Ceremonies can include elements of religious or cultural significance.

Naming ceremonies are a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of a baby, a perfect way to welcome and celebrate an adoptive child coming into the family or to embrace stepchildren (or step-parents) into a new family or for transgender people wishing to celebrate their name in a meaningful and affirming ceremony. They can also be held as a coming of age ceremony at 18 or 21 or if an adult wishes to change their name for any reason at all. Naming ceremonies are a great way to bond a family unit. They can be done instead of, or as well as, a faith based ceremony such as a christening.

Naming ceremonies:

  • Can be held wherever you want: at home, in the park, a garden, a community hall, a restaurant, the zoo…
  • Focus on the individual child, their personality and the friends and family that surround them
  • Can be held whenever you’re ready. There’s no rush: many are combined first birthday celebrations, for example, and many families have joint namings for siblings or cousins. They can be held when someone changes their name or some time later when they feel they have grown into it.
  • Are a great opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promises to be the best parent that you can, and for adult friends or relatives to pledge their love and support for your child’s future development. For adults changing their name it is an opportunity for others to express their love and support.
  • Are relaxed, happy and personal occasions. And since every ceremony is written specifically for a particular family, each one is unique.


Every person is unique – choose a unique, personal, meaningful ceremony to celebrate a naming. Get in touch for a free consultation.





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