Naming Ceremonies

The name giving ceremony responds to the cultural and community need to welcome a child into the family. In western culture this ceremony goes back to pre-Christian Roman and Greek times.

A child was not a member of the family until he or she was named at the naming ceremony. A name giving ceremony is not a baptism or a christening, though it is sometimes referred to as a ‘secular christening’.

This ceremony is a fulfilling and meaningful experience for all concerned. It is an occasion where a new birth is celebrated and a child is welcomed into the world.

Family relationships are deepened and parents become more fully aware of their responsibilities. So, too, do the grandparents and godparents/guardians/mentors.

The naming ceremony is an excellent occasion for the cultural expression of joy, hope and acceptance.

Every aspect of the naming ceremony can be personalised to suit your personal situation. The ceremony must reflect you as a parent (one or two), your style, your feelings, aims, dreams and wishes for your child. The introduction, the prose, poetry, verse, music, lyrics and/or choreography must reflect to the best of your ability who you are and what you want for your child.

To achieve this, you will have to spend a little time with me. I will assist you, make helpful suggestions and ultimately put it all together for you.