Baby Naming Ceremonies

A family celebration.

Naming Ceremonies are a very important part of family celebrations. They are the occasion the parents or caregivers choose to introduce their child to their family and friends and at that time bequeath a name to the child.

Many parents, who embrace no particular religious beliefs, choose to have a Name Giving Ceremony for their child believing that the child will be able to make choices for themselves when they are old enough to understand the commitment.

Some children are named shortly after birth, although the first birthdays are a popular time for a Name Giving Ceremony. Sometimes, other children in the family will be named at the same time. Sometimes a name giving can be performed prior to the wedding ceremony to recognise the child into the family.

A ceremony may also be chosen to signify a change of name, or godparent for an adult. Generally Name Giving Ceremonies start with an introduction, and a brief explanation on the reasons that a naming ceremony has been chosen.

Throughout the ceremony readings can be given and vows taken by parents and/or God Parents. When the names are officially bestowed upon the child, there may be an explanation given on the reasons for selecting the chosen names or a particular meaning attributed to the names. During the ceremony you can acknowledge the role of other significant people such as grandparents or older children.

Even though a Name Giving Ceremony is non religious, the term Godparent is often used and the appointment of Godparents, Guardians, or Mentors is very much a matter of personal choice.
I always encourage the couple to ask someone to do a reading to give special meaning to their involvement at the ceremony. Candles are a great idea and gifts for the other children on the day for keepsakes. Whatever you choose to prepare on the day will always be your decision and I will be there to guide you through the decision making process for this special occasion.

a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks Gary

- Justin, Melinda and Tyler, South West Rocks