Our naming ceremonies are warm and
happy occasions, unique to individual
A civil naming ceremony provides the
perfect opportunity for a child or new
born to be welcomed into a family. This
ceremony can be used by step-families or
for adopted children. The idea is to mark a
rite of passage of the parents and the child,
to acknowledge a change in responsibilities
for new parents, and to give grandparents
and other adults or siblings the opportunity
to pledge their support to all.
Most of all
A naming ceremony is not a religious
ceremony and like a christening has no
legal standing. The naming ceremony
can include readings, music, promises by
parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers
and other adults who will play important
roles in the life of the child. It is truly a
Shown below is the usual format of a
naming ceremony, although this format can
be changed to suit:
Naming of the child
Parents promises to the child
Promises of chosen adults
Promises of Grandparents
Signing of the Ceremony record
Presentation of the certificate
Some popular readings used at naming
ceremonies can be found on page 15 to
assist you in making your selections.
Ceremonies can be held at any of the
ceremony rooms around the county and
in any of the approved venues, it may be
possible to hold them in other venues
subject to an appropriate risk assessment.
This may incur an additional cost.
Our online service will allow you to book
and manage your ceremony.