What is a Naming Ceremony?
The name we give our baby is so important to them for the rest of their lives. Naming a child gives a cultural identity a personal name that they can take pride in. One that is given to them in love. Delivered to your child with honour and respect of a particular relative or influential friend in your lives.
Here are some ideas to inspire you to create a ceremony that celebrates the love you share for this beautiful new baby. Your religious or social beliefs prompt you to want to recognise these in a ceremonial form. If you have religious beliefs and values that you want to formally celebrate in the way of ceremony.
Whatever your reasons for choosing to have a naming ceremony, it is a significant way for you to come together using ritual, gesture, symbolism and ceremonialism acknowledging your child an incredible gift of life. To share your pride, your hopes, your dreams. To invite family and friends to make formal promises to care and love your child for the rest of their life.
How to plan a naming ceremony
There are many styles and ways to hold a naming ceremony. Planning the type of celebration that you have for your baby, a shared vision with your own ideas, each adding essential elements and input into the ceremony. Inviting family members or special friends to take a formal role in the raising of your child and finding ways to express this in the celebration with readings and ritual. The significance of a family blessing, an acknowledgement of a shared responsibility gives a sense of security to a child as they grow up, giving them access to safe and diverse broad and balanced outlook on their life. You can ask people to be godparents, Guardians or guides to your child and include a section within the naming ceremony where these people can make promises and blessings.
Why use a Celebrant?
Using a celebrant for your ceremony adds value, professionalism and their experience and resources will prove invaluable to you as you plan and work together to focus on the naming ceremony for your child.
Choosing a space to hold your naming ceremony. Using the informal setting of your home or garden, a park or a community hall, allows you to invite as many guests as you wish. The freedom of location to include symbols and ritual in your ceremony that are an expression of your family. Tree planting can be used. Giving an assurance that they are surrounded by love and strength always. A time capsule where individual guests place a written message of guidance, support, love and promise for the child to be presented to them when they reach another major milestone becoming an adult. You can use family traditions, past readings and poetry that you have seen and heard in your life that are particularly poignant and give a connection to the past as well as a celebration of present and future.
However, you choose to celebrate your child and whatever name you give. Enjoy the experience of expression, significance and unity as you come together and share in love and pride to celebrate your baby, with a personalised naming ceremony that will be valuable to you, your family and especially your child for many years to come.