Naming
Ceremonies

Welcoming a new life into the world will change your life! It is, without a doubt, something to celebrate.

Starting a new life with a new name can occur at any age. Again, a cause for celebration!

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.”

Hodding Carter Jr.

Combining a lifetime of experience and joy caring for and teaching young children, with a passion for creating the perfect ceremony, I will help you to hold the best possible celebration for your new family members.

No matter how old, a Naming Ceremony is a wonderful event that can focus on publicly naming a child, uniting adoptive families, renaming a LBGTQ+ adult or reinventing self after a divorce. Whatever your motivation, a naming ceremony will be a life affirming ‘rite of passage’ that will carry you through with the love and support of those around you.

Let us consider what a name is. It is the grouping of several letters of an alphabet, which represent the identification of a person or an object. The power of a name and its value has long been immortalized in prose, poetry and ceremony. Everyone recognizes themselves by name. Much thought will have gone into the name and the reasons for choosing it will be the impetus for the ‘theme’ and elements in the ceremony.

How does it work?

Now this is the fun bit, you can include whatever you want and hold the ceremony where ever you want. The possibilities are endless… a sparkly theme in a community space, an animal theme in your garden, an adventure theme in the great outdoors, incorporating stories, readings, poetry, music, singing, hiking, juggling, dancing, et cetera!

Often in a Naming Ceremony, supporting adults and friends, ‘Guardians’, or ‘Guide parents’ are appointed. These supporting adults, any family who are friends or friends who are family, can make a series of promises to the ‘namee’ and symbolic acts such as the lighting of candles, a rose petal shower, a circle of love, writing affirmations to festoon a Tree of Hope, anointing with perfumed oils…dream away!

This is going to be my speciality! I have been involved with babies and children my whole working life. I ran a children’s nursery for many years before becoming a primary school teacher. I have a wealth of stories, songs, rhymes, games and activities in my ‘back pack of experience’, endless patience and most importantly, lots of love and laughter to share.

I’ll send you a booking form and ask for a deposit to secure the date. You’ll have me, your celebrant, exclusively for your chosen date. There won’t be any time pressures.

Fee: From £250 (added costs for optional extras and travel/accommodation expenses depending on venue location).

A lifetime of looking after little ones!