Naming Ceremony

A naming ceremony for a child is more-or-less a statement to the community of family and friends about the child. There’s no legal requirement to have a naming ceremony or christening for a child so there are no official or legal rules or guidelines.

A naming ceremony for a child usually has some words that express your beliefs about children, or this child in particular; and includes blessings for your child, yourself and the child’s ‘mentors’. It’s also a time for family/guardians to say thanks for the support already given and for the continuing support of family and friends.

Rather than ‘god-parents’, often several people are chosen to fulfil the role of being good listeners, supporters, encouragers – people who’ll “be there” for this child. They’ll probably be “guardian angels in human form” or “mentors” and can make some specific promises, such as to support the parent/s and to listen to and love your child all the days of their lives.

A naming for a child (or children) can be a part of a wedding ceremony – a delightful way of honouring your family and your connection.

A naming ceremony and renewal of marriage vows go well together.

In a naming ceremony, it’s pertinent to explain the names you’ve chosen, their background and their meaning, to give some wishes or blessings, and to hear some music and some poetry or special words. 

Naming ceremonies are usually quite short and definitely “sweet”; although for adolescents, teenagers or adults who change their name or become part of a ‘blended’ family, their ceremony is likely to involve some other symbolism and ritual/s.