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A Naming Ceremony is a unique way to welcome and introduce a child to family and friends. It can be held at any stage within a child’s life. It is sometimes offered as an alternative to a religious service.

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It is not legally binding, but instead begins the journey to encompass past with future and build a community around your child. The old proverb  “It takes a village to raise a child” looks at incorporating a community of different people interacting with children for them to experience and grow in a safe environment. They can confirm their relationship with the child and declare and offer a way to guide and support the child through life.


It can also celebrate the uniting of adopted or step children within a family, or the official name change of an adult.


The ceremony can include anything that is relevant to you, your child and significant others. Some suggestions are listed below:


  • How the name was chosen and whether it has any particular meaning or significance

  • Hope, dreams and aspirations for the new life that has entered this world

  • Family traditions, symbols and quirky traits

  • Stories to share

  • Advice through the generations

  • Exchanging of gifts

  • Promises or declarations

  • Blessings


A naming ceremony is a wonderful occasion to bring together family and friends to acknowledge a rite of passage or a new beginning.


Naming ceremonies aren’t just for people. Inanimate objects can be named with a fitting ceremony to match or perhaps a new pet has become a family member. The choice is up to your imagination.

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