Baby holding an adult's hand

What is a naming ceremony?

A naming ceremony is a celebration not only to welcome your child into your family but is also an opportunity for parents, family and friends to make promises to your child.

Adult friends or relatives, chosen by the parent, can have a role as mentors and make a pledge to your child.

Naming ceremonies are not just for babies. Children of any age can have a ceremony or it can be used to celebrate adoptive and/or step children into your family.

Who can arrange a naming ceremony?

Any parent or legal guardian can arrange a ceremony. Parents do not have to be married.

What happens in the ceremony?

Each ceremony is individual, with the parents allowed to fully personalise every aspect. The following are examples to give you some idea of what might occur during a ceremony:

  • Introduction and welcome.
  • Naming of the child/children.
  • Parents’ promises.
  • Mentors’ promises.
  • Readings and music.
  • Presentation of gifts.
  • Signing and presentation of certificate.
  • Closing words.

Each part of the ceremony can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

Where can the ceremony be held?

We offer naming ceremonies in the Council Chamber at Islington Town Hall and all our approved venues.

How much will the ceremony cost?

The fee will vary depending on the day, time and venue that you choose. You will need to contact the specific venue of your choice regarding their availability and their own venue room hire charges.

For more information, please email us.