As I father I have an understanding of the importance of family and of celebrating the arrival of children. A naming ceremony can be an important part of a child’s introduction to the wider family. It is an occasion that will be remembered by those present and the child being named will in the future perhaps feel comfort and security in knowing that they were welcomed with a special ceremony.
There’s no set script for a humanist naming ceremony – it’s too personal an occasion for that. Every naming is individual and written to meet the family. A naming ceremony is very much guided by the parents wishes and what you would like to include. I will meet with you to discuss your wishes and create a ceremony which you will approve before the special day. The ceremony can combine music, readings, poetry, symbolic acts / rituals, the appointment of guide/promise parents, parents’ promises so that it is right for your child(ren) and for your family.
Naming ceremonies are not just for babies, indeed many take place on first birthdays or later. It is not unusual to have double or even triple ceremonies where older siblings are celebrated along with more recent arrivals.
I have conducted namings in many different places including community centres, pubs, formal gardens, back gardens and a museum.