A naming ceremony is a non-religious celebration of the arrival of a new child, an alternative to a baptism or christening. It is a way of welcoming the child and officially introducing him/her to family and friends.
Naming ceremonies are appropriate for anyone, at any age. The arrival of a new baby, uniting of step or adopted children within a family, or an adult name change are all great reasons to hold a naming ceremony.
Naming ceremonies involve the important people in the child’s life – family and special friends. It is during this time that the parents have the opportunity to ask other adults to play a supportive role to their child through to adult life (grandparents, godparents, mentors or supporters).