Naming Ceremonies

Naming Ceremonies 

A name giving ceremony is an opportunity for family and friends to celebrate formally, and welcome a child into their community. As an alternative to religious ceremonies, it allows for the family to celebrate this happy occasion, and for the person being named to at a later date consider their own spiritual decisions. To give a child a name is a particularly important part of receiving them-not simply as a means of distinguishing this child from another, but as the fruits of a loving process of care and reflection by the parents in choosing that name. An important part of the ceremony is to make promises of commitment to nurture and support the child into adulthood and choose other adults prepared to promise a special supportive relationship with the child.