Naming Ceremony in Wales

“No man can possibly know what life means

What the world means,

What anything means, until he has a child, and loves it.

And then the whole universe changes

And nothing will ever again seem

Exactly as it seemed before.”Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)

What is a Naming Ceremony?

A “Naming Ceremony” indicates the start of something new.

A baby or child naming ceremony allows you, your friends and your family to make promises and commitments to the new member of your family, witnessed by your friends and family. It could be seen as alternative to a christening.

What could be better than making promises that are entirely relevant to you and the way you want to raise your family? Having a naming ceremony is a truly unforgettable experience for all involved and can embrace everyone including grandparents, godparents (or “guideparents”, or “sponsors”), friends and siblings.

I can guide you through your ceremony using symbolic gestures, poetry, music and readings to create a wonderful day with special meaning for everyone present.

Why have a naming ceremony?

  • You want to formally welcome your new addition to your family but a religious ceremony isn’t an appropriate choice for you.
  • One of the adults you would choose as a Godparent is uncomfortable with making religious declarations. I can take you through a naming ceremony after a baptism with your own vows and symbolism.
  • Do you have children from previous partnerships? Have a ceremony to declare to the world that you both are committed to each other’s children.

Re-Naming Ceremony

Another type of “Naming” ceremony is “Re-naming”, wherein an adult (or adolescent) decides to take a new name. This can be for any number of reasons, but a new start deserves a unique celebratory ceremony!

Contact me to decide how we can make your special day perfect.