Naming ceremonies

What is a naming ceremony?

A naming ceremony is a formal, non-religious event when family, guardians and friends welcome a child into the family.

A naming ceremony is not for changing a child’s name.

The naming certificate will not have any legal status and is not suitable for identification.

Where can a naming ceremony be held?

  • The Register Office
  • A public building
  • Not a religious building or church

Times to be arranged with the celebrant.

Arrange a naming ceremony

Contact the Register Office to make an appointment with a celebrant.

You will be able to discuss readings and music with the celebrant at your appointment.

What to bring

  • A birth certificate or adoption certificate
  • Two people to declare support and make promises to your child during the ceremony

At the ceremony

Parents and grandparents can make promises to each other.

Parents can present a gift to the child.

You can take photos and video during the ceremony.

At the end the celebrant can add good wishes from absent guests.

At the end a certificate is signed by parents and guardians and presented to the family.


Oldham Register Office
Chadderton Town Hall
Middleton Road
Chadderton
Oldham, OL9 6PP
Tel 0161 770 8960
Fax 0161 770 3729