What happens at a naming ceremony?

Each humanist (non-religious) naming ceremony is unique and created especially for a particular family and their circumstances. This means there is no set script and no fixed structure. Instead, your celebrant will guide you through various options and together you can create an occasion that’s fitting for your specific circumstances.

Here is an example of how a naming ceremony might be organised, but you do not have to include any of these, and you may also want to include other components.

Outline of a humanist naming ceremony

  • Introductions and welcomes
  • Reading or poem
  • Information about the child – their arrival, personality, interests so far
  • Words about the importance and responsibility of parenting
  • Parental promises to the child
  • Reading or poem
  • Importance of wider family (e.g. grandparents, cousins, etc.)
  • Appointment of guideparents
  • Guideparents’ promises
  • Reasons for the choice of name
  • The naming itself (various forms are possible)
  • Concluding words