Humanist naming ceremonies, in common with other humanist ceremonies, are designed to fit your exact requirements and to reflect your hopes for, and your commitment to, your child. They can happen almost anywhere. They can be intimate ceremonies just for close family, or be large celebratory events. They can mark not only births, but adoptions, or step-parents making commitments to new step children. The point is that they are events tailor-made for you and your family.
The coming of a new life into the world, or the coming of a new child into the family, is a hugely important event and one which is worth celebrating. Humanists believe that everyone has the privilege of shaping their own lives and those of others – and that therefore life should get off to the most positive start possible!
A typical humanist naming is of course non-religious in character, and might include any or all of the following elements:
- The parents and other family members stating their commitment to the child;
- Individuals making a personal commitment as mentors and supporters to support the child as they grow;
- The formal naming of the child, set in the context of what the name means and how it was chosen;
- The guests welcoming the child to the world or the family;
- Music and readings;
- Symbolic acts – from the lighting of candles to the planting of a tree.
If you are interested in having me conduct your naming ceremony, see the ‘contact’ page for details. If after an initial discussion you want to make a commitment to using me, we would set up a longer meeting at which I can find out more about you, and what kind of ceremony you want. I would then develop a script as the basis for making amendments and developing ideas, until it is just right.
The Humanist naming ceremony was the most perfect introduction of the baby to so many special friends and family members, and I was also very pleased that her father’s culture could also be included and have a small part to play. I thought your role was carried out to perfection, and I was very impressed by your eloquence and composure. It was truly the most memorable and touching occasion of its kind that I’ve ever experienced.
Jen and Chris
Thank you again for Natalie’s lovely ceremony, we thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought it was very special. We had a lot of compliments too!
Rebecca and Andrew (parents)
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for making yesterday so special. The ceremony was just lovely, we couldn’t have asked for any more. Everybody loved it and said how personal it was and how fantastic you were. I don’t think there was a dry eye! Thank you so much.