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.