Naming Ceremonies

What is a Naming Ceremony?

A Naming Ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child and welcoming the new arrival into the family and the wider community. It is also an opportunity to declare, before family and friends your promise to be as good a parent as you can, and for adult friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with your child. It is a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they pledge their love and support for your child's future development.

What happens at a Naming Ceremony?

All Naming Ceremonies have six essential sections:
  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Reading
  • Naming of the Child (or Children)
  • Parents' Promises
  • Promises by Supporting Adults
  • Closing Words

You can choose to add any of the following additional sections:
  • Parents' Vows to each other
  • Grandparents' Promises
  • Further Readings

There are many ways to make your child's ceremony a very personal and unique event.

Who will conduct the ceremony?

A fully trained professional Celebrant from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will carry out the ceremony according to the choices you make.

How long does the ceremony last?

A basic ceremony usually takes about 15 minutes but can be up to 30 minutes if more readings and options are included.

Is there a certificate?

During the ceremony a souvenir record of the ceremony is signed by parents, supporting adults and the Celebrant.

Is the Naming ceremony just for babies?

No. Children of any age can have a Naming Ceremony

Can I include my other children?

Yes you can, and there is no additional charge. You may wish to include your older children in the ceremony as well as your new child.

Who can arrange a Naming Ceremony?

Any parent can make the arrangements, or anyone else who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of a child. Parents do not need to be married to each other.

Where are the ceremonies held?

The ceremony can take place at one of the approved venues or at the Register Office in Redcar. All venues must conform to health and safety regulations. View the list of approved venues.

Do Naming Ceremonies have a legal status?

No. They are simply something that you, as parents, choose to do as a public gesture of love and commitment to your child. Unlike a Birth Certificate, which is a compulsory legal document, the record of the Naming Ceremony cannot be used as proof of identification. Neither is the ceremony legally binding on those who take part in it.

Do Naming Ceremonies have a religious content?

No. The ceremony is purely secular.

How much does a Naming Ceremony cost?

Fees and charges vary depending on the venue and the day of the week. Contact the Redcar Heart Register Office for details.

Who should I contact to arrange a Naming Ceremony?

Simply contact the Redcar Heart Register Office and we will explain the choices available and discuss arrangements. We will need to see your child's Birth Certificate before the ceremony can be booked.

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Last updated:
12/06/2014

Assigned review date:
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