Naming Ceremonies or a Naming Day are known as a beautiful alternative to a Christening, however there are many reasons why people choose to have a Naming Ceremony.
- To celebrate the arrival of a baby and to welcome them into the family.
- A change of gender is becoming a popular reason for an adult to have a Naming Ceremony.
- After a divorce has happened and the person has changed their name.
- Naming Ceremonies can happen during an Adoption Ceremony (See Adoption page).
- Change of Faith, is also a reason for people having a Naming Ceremony.
These are just a few reasons why people have Naming Ceremonies.
There isn't a template or any rules, so your naming day or ceremony can be anything you want to it to be, however most people include:
- A story about the name
- Why they are having a ceremony
- Introduce any parents, siblings, grandparents and any supports (often known as God Parents in religious ceremonies).
- Vows or promises are read.
- Any readings, poems and music.
As a Naming Celebrant I am not restricted by any rules, unlike religious or humanist ceremonies.