Naming ceremonies

foto10Throughout history, ceremonies have marked the significant milestones in people’s lives. It was WB Yeats who said: “How but in custom and ceremony are innocence and beauty born?”

A Humanist naming ceremony is not a ‘christening’; yet nevertheless holds within it a timeless and meaningful ritual to mark an important rite of passage in your child’s life.  It’s an opportunity for you and your gathered family and friends to put your collective arms around your child. It’s a secular ceremony that welcomes your child to the world; an occasion to formally bestow names that represent your child’s inimitable character and distinctive personality.

There will be other people with whom your child will form a special relationship.  You will ask these guide-parents to add their commitments, not only as they support you to raise and nurture your child; but also, even more importantly, as they help your child to lead a full and happy life.

A Humanist naming celebrant will help you create a unique ceremony, perhaps with readings, music and other symbolic acts; a celebration that captures and expresses exactly the love, hopes and dreams you have for your child as you speak the promises you will have written – not just for the day itself, but for life.

I no longer conduct naming ceremonies, but if you need help finding a celebrant don’t hesitate to ask. August 2022


Hi Dave. Chris and I just wanted to say a huge thank you again for holding such a lovely ceremony for Stanley. Everyone commented on how wonderful it was, how great you were and that they loved it, most people having never been to one before.  We were so pleased with how it all turned out and we were so glad you were able to do it. Huge thanks again for your key part in a fantastic day. Take care and best wishes, Steph & Chris