Naming Ceremony in Wales
“I promise to be there for you as you grow. To listen when you need an extra pair of ears, help when you want an extra pair of hands, to offer advice when you want some from someone other than your parents”
A “Naming Ceremony” – new beginnings
A naming ceremony has as many permutations as there are people.
The ceremony will be written exclusively for you whether it’s to welcome a new child to the family or a renaming ceremony to signify a new start.
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.
Together we can make your celebration a ceremony with words and deeds fit for the occasion.
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’s in a name?
I have two children, Alexandra Bobby and Charles Daniel. We named them according to the alphabet because we liked the names and it just seemed to work out that way. But, they’ve grown into their names, Alex is also known as “Alex Bobs” or “Alex Bobby”. One of her uncles calls her “Boblet”. She’s 22 now, but I don’t think she minds! Charles is certainly “Charlie”, or “Charlie Dan”. He hates being called Charles. I can’t imagine them with any other names.
By the time a parent comes to me to ask for a naming ceremony, their child has started well on its way to growing into his or her name. So why have a naming ceremony? Perhaps it would be better called a “welcoming ceremony” since we’re essentially formally welcoming a new member of the family into the fold. I truly believe that this is a wonderful opportunity for a parent to show the rest of the world just how dedicated they are to raise this child the best that they can, and of course show how much love they have for their child.
But, “it takes a village to raise a child”, or so the saying goes, and this ceremony is a way of acknowledging that. You may want to nominate people who will be especially important to your child. These could be grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other relations. You may want to nominate friends as “godparents”, “guideparents” or (my favourite) “odd parents” as well. By “nominating” them, I mean talk about their future within the child’s life and maybe have some symbolic gesture to show their involvement such as lighting a naming candle. As part of the ceremony, these key people usually make special promises to the child. Nothing too taxing, something they can really follow through, like encouraging musical or other artistic ability if they have such talents (and if the child wants it). Just the promise of being there and remembering birthdays is enough for me
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.
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!
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I promise today to be your best friend, your companion and your number one, the Han Solo to your Leia.
I will be there for you through the good times, amazing times & awesome times. But importantly the difficult times
I vow to love you no less than I love the dog
I promise that I will never take you for granted, and always hold your hand
You are everything I always wanted, but all the things I never knew I needed. Simply put, loving you altered my chemistry.
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