Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a wonderful occasion on which to welcome your child into your family.


It is the perfect time for you to make special promises that will reflect your feelings and values. It is an opportunity for grandparents and other adults to make promises to your child to express their love and support both for now and in the future.

It is an alternative option for people who wish to celebrate a special time in their lives but do not wish to have a religious ceremony.

What does the ceremony involve?

Every naming ceremony is unique and created especially for a particular family and their circumstances. This means there is no set script and no fixed structure. Instead, your celebrant will guide you through various options and together you can create an occasion that’s fitting for your specific circumstances.

Example structure of a naming ceremony

  • Introductions and welcomes
  • Reading or poem
  • Information about the child – their arrival, personality, interests so far
  • Words about the importance and responsibility of parenting
  • Parental promises to the child
  • Reading or poem
  • Importance of wider family (e.g. grandparents, cousins, etc.)
  • Appointment of guideparents
  • Guideparents’ promises
  • Reasons for the choice of name
  • The naming itself (various forms are possible)
  • Concluding words

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Booking the Registrar

You will need to make your own booking with the registrar, either by telephoning 0300 1234 181 and asking for the ceremonies team or by emailing