A Naming Ceremony can also be a beautiful way to celebrate the adoption of a child or to embrace stepchildren. The ceremony can include meaningful input from the child. The taking on of the family name, rather than the giving of a personal name, is recognition of the start of a new family relationship by all involved. Naming ceremonies are secular and have no legal status, however, should you wish, we can offer a certificate to remember the day.
There isn’t really a set ritual for a naming. It is not unusual to symbolise the passing of responsibility and heritage from one generation to the next, with the oldest family relatives lining up and passing the child down to its parents. In the same vein the child may be passed from guest to guest to be personally welcomed.