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Baby Namings

Baby love,
Baby mild;
Welcome, welcome,
Brand-new child.

(Anon, 'Brand New Child')

A Naming Ceremony welcomes the new baby into his or her family and community; it is a rite of passage that has been celebrated throughout human history and helps to forge bonds which will support and nurture the child in the years to come.

The central focus of such a ceremony is exploring and celebrating the origins of the baby’s name. Between my own independent research and consultations with the parents about the name they have chosen for their child, their hopes and the family’s cultural heritage, I will create a meaningful and unique naming ceremony.

Naming Ceremonies are also an opportunity to honour the child’s grandparents, aunts and uncles or guardians and to acknowledge the support and love these significant people will provide. Parents and any guests they wish to include may play a role in the proceedings by their involvement in traditional candle lighting or tree planting ceremonies, readings, or any family traditions or religious rituals they wish.