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Naming ceremonies

What happens at a naming ceremony

The registrar will formally welcome the parents and guests. This will be followed by a short reading. 

Then the parents and supporting adults make a series of promises to the child which may include promises to love, shelter and support them throughout their life. 

Close relatives or friends may be chosen by the parents to play the role of supporting adults who promise to take a special interest in the child as they grow up.

After the promises there can be a second reading, for example, from one of the supporting adults, and the ceremony finishes by the registrar asking everyone involved in the ceremony to complete the Record of Naming Certificate which is then presented to the parents.