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A naming ceremony offers a non-religious alternative to the traditional baptism or christening for those who are not part of a regular congregation or those who wish their child to make their decision when they are old enough.  The ceremony enables family and friends to celebrate the joy of welcoming a new life into the world or to celebrate the decision in choosing to change your name.

Naming ceremonies are usually performed in your own garden, at a local park or a place of special significance. 

Parents may also appoint godparents, guardians or mentors at these ceremonies.  There are no set numbers it is for you to decide.  The role of godparents, guardians or mentors whilst not replacing the role of the parents is to assist in the guidance of the child as they grow, to help nurture and to be someone else who can provide love and emotional comfort in times of need.

The involvement of grandparents is a great bonus and blessing as they help the children develop their character and provide another lay of inner security.  The grandparents also benefit form this very special relationship as the child grows providing interaction and love for both generations.

Together we can speak about the value of the family unity and the influence of family and friends in the care and welfare of the child.

Ideas you may wish to incorporate are:

  • starting a memento box where each guest contributes a photo or a note;
  • the releasing of butterflies or doves; or
  • planting a special tree.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the child, parents and the godparents etc are presented with certificates as a reminder of the celebration and commitment made to the child.


There are not seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million...  Walt Streightiff