Civil naming ceremonies allow you to mark the birth of a new baby. They can also be held for children of any age, and are an ideal way of welcoming adopted or stepchildren into their new family. You’ll get a certificate as a permanent record of the occasion.
Your ceremony will last around 30 minutes and will be conducted by a fully trained celebrant. We’ll give you advice before the ceremony and do our very best to make sure that you have a day to remember. Your ceremony can’t have any religious content and has no legal status.
Some ideas you may want to consider are:
- announcing the names that you have chosen and perhaps giving the reasons for your choice;
- making promises to be as good a parent as you can, for example, to love, encourage and support your child into adult life;
- choosing other adults prepared to commit themselves to a special and supportive relationship with your child;
- involving your child's grandparents;
- having a souvenir record of the ceremony that is signed and presented on the day.
Arranging a naming ceremony
You can use any venue which has a public entertainment licence, such as hotels, parish rooms, civic centres, function rooms, etc. Please check with the venue first to make sure it’s suitable.
They ceremony can't take place in the Town Hall, in private houses or outdoors.
Either parent can arrange a naming ceremony, whether you're married or not. and you’ll need to provide the child’s birth certificate.
We'll contact you to discuss what you need. Please make sure you include your preferred date and location of the ceremony.
See our registration charges for details of the costs involved.