Naming Ceremony

The birth of a child is a joyous occasion and has traditionally been celebrated with a religious christening or baptism. Today, however, many parents prefer to celebrate this special event with a non-religious naming ceremony.

A naming ceremony is also known as a welcoming or blessing and is not only appropriate for the arrival of a new baby but for anyone, at any age.

You may be a parent who wants to introduce, recognise, and celebrate your baby. You may wish to unite step or adopted children within a family or you may be an adult who has had a name change. These are all excellent reasons to hold a ceremony to mark the occasion.
Introducing your baby
Baby Naming Ceremony

A naming ceremony for a child is a lovely way to celebrate welcoming a precious new life into your circle of family and friends.

While the ceremony and accompanying documents don’t have any legal status, they are a wonderful way to welcome the child and to celebrate them as they begin their journey through life.

For a naming ceremony, the important people in that child’s life should be involved. Parents have the opportunity to ask other adults to play a special part in thier child’s life to be there for guidance, love, and an extra ear to listen when needed.

Today there are many terms used to symbolise these special people. They can be known as godparents, guardians, guide parents, earth parents, mentors, or supporters. All, however, have the same meaning of being a support to the child throughout their life.

Ideas of what to include in a naming ceremony

One of the wonderful things about a naming ceremony is that there are no ‘rules’; you can design it however you like and there are no legal requirements.

This is a list of what is usually included in the naming ceremonies I perform. However, this is only one way of doing it. You can remove, add changes or adjust this list to make it what best suits you.

  • Introduction
  • Storytelling about the child, such as their arrival into the world, their personality, funny stories and the families joy of thier birth.
  • Explanation of Name
  • Announcing of Name
  • Promises from Parents
  • Promises from Godparents
  • Promises from Grandparents
  • Promises from Everyone
  • Readings or poems
  • Time Capsule
  • Signing & Presentation of the Certificate
  • Conclusion – officially welcoming and celebrating the person being named

One of the wonderful things about a naming ceremony is that there are no ‘rules’; there is no right or wrong way to conduct a ceremony.

Your ceremony may involve just one person, a few people, or a gathering of your family and friends. It may be a simple dedication or as extravagant as you can imagine. You may wish to recount stories and milestones or tell of the dreams and hopes you have for a child’s future. Poems, readings, and quotes of personal significance can also be used throughout the ceremony

If you would like to discuss your naming day ceremony please contact me.

AboutTanya McDonald
It goes without saying that being a marriage celebrant is an honour and a privilege. I have loved weddings and what they represent for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a celebrant I am able to fulfill my passion and at the same time treasure each opportunity I have to work with couples to help them bring their dreams and ideas into life through their ceremonies. I have been a fully authorised marriage celebrant since 2014 and I have helped couples enjoy thier journey to the altar since then. If you need a celebrant, I would love to discuss your ceremony with you.