Namings

“We know we want to do something to celebrate our baby’s arrival, but we’re not religious so a christening wouldn’t feel right.”

Mixed Race Naming Polaroid

We hear this a lot and this is exactly where humanist naming ceremonies come in. Happy, personal and relaxed occasions, they can be held whereand when a family choose.

Naming ceremonies are relatively new and increasingly popular. They are organised by the many parents who know that they want to mark their child’s arrival but who want to do so in a way that isn’t religious.

Naming ceremonies:

  • Can be held wherever you want: at home, in the park, the garden, a village hall, the zoo…
  • Focus on the individual child, their personality and the friends and family that surround them
  • Can be held whenever you’re ready. There’s no rush: many are combined first birthday celebrations, for examples, and we also conduct many joint namings for siblings.

A typical naming ceremony might include readings or poems, parental promises to their child, the appointment of ‘guideparents’ and perhaps a symbolic action such as planting a tree, signing a certificate or writing in a wish book.

There’s no set script for a humanist naming ceremony – it’s too personal an occasion for that. Instead, every naming is tailored to meet the particular family’s requirements.