Christine Grant
Baby Naming Ceremony


What an exciting time this must be
You've added a branch to the family tree
Now your home will be full of
diapers, bottles, toys and lots of noise
But also lots of joy and happiness
And how much love – one can only guess
So Congratulations from us.

The History of Namegiving Ceremonies

Naming ceremonies have a history almost as old as the human race.

Any who have seen the classic film - Ben Hur - will recall how, when Ben Hur saved the Roman general, the latter named him - as his “son”

A “son” was not a legal member of the family until the father had named him in a ceremony.

Therefore a legal son of the family, in our terms, could be adopted, born out of wedlock, born of the wife or even of another woman. Naming was the ritual that brought the child into the family.

Naming ceremonies are relatively new.

A name giving ceremony is not a baptism or a christening though it is sometimes referred to as a “secular christening” and many people, religious or not are choosing this form of ceremony to celebrate the birth of their child.

The name giving ceremony responds to the cultural and community need to welcome a child into the family and the world; to remind all concerned of the great responsibility involved in bringing up a child and to recognise - and appoint those who will have an important role in the child’s future development.

Certificates for parents, guardians (godparents) and grandparents are issued to record the event.

(“A name is an edifying emblem given to a child at birth by the parents, or brought from heaven by the child, during that child’s birth”)

Wishes for a Child

Guests can line up, and one by one, in ritual manner, read one of the following wishes.
Or - something they have composed themselves.

1st guest - On behalf of everyone present, and on my own behalf, I wish you – the Child’s Name - (these words begin each wish) - Long life and happiness.

This ritual can be repeated with the following wishes, perhaps read from prepared cards (either by celebrant or guests personal choices)

  • Good health and a head of hair
  • The enjoyment of many pleasures
  • A peaceful world to live in
  • True friends and satisfying relationships
  • A healthy environment
  • A creative spirit
  • A curious and inquisitive mind
  • A sense of wonder
  • An appreciation of your roots and your cultural heritage from (country)
  • A true social conscience
  • A full life of passion and enthusiasm
  • An awareness that you are a citizen of the world
  • Inner security and a sense of self-worth
  • An appreciation of our “All Blacks”(or whatever)!!!!!!

Candle Lighting Ceremonies

Candles are used often, in all forms of ceremonies to symbolise and express our many different cultures and social values.

Grandparents, Guardians - can be invited to light their own candles and then each following year; on the child’s birthday they can be invited to relight the candle(s) until the child reaches, say 18 years of age. Then the candle(s) could be kept, to be relit, on those very special occasions that occur in the journey through the child’s life.

Parents can light a candle and keep it to be relit for the child on special birthdays, wedding or birth on their grandchildren.


All guests can release a balloon into the air - perhaps after the “Official Naming”
OR - as they read “Wishes for a Child” (above)

Contact Christine Grant to book your Baby Naming Ceremony or for further ceremony ideas