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Naming ceremonies

Naming ceremonies are a way of celebrating the birth of a child. They are also ideally suited to welcoming an adoptive child or embracing stepchildren into a new family.

Design your own baby naming ceremony

Ceremonies can be specially created using the family's own selection of words, poems and readings from the wide selection provided.
The essentials are a reading, naming of the child (or children), parents' promise, supporting adults promise, signing of the record and closing words.
However a number of optional sections can also be included according to your preferences, such as grandparents' promises, further readings and the presentation of a gift.
During the ceremony a souvenir record of the ceremony is signed by the parents, supporting adults and the celebrant. 

How long is a baby naming ceremony?

A naming ceremony will usually take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the number of options and readings chosen.

How much does a baby naming ceremony cost?

The cost of your baby naming ceremony will depend on the venue and the date and time you choose.
Please contact the Newham Register Office for details

Do you need a birth certificate for a baby naming ceremony?

A birth certificate must be produced when booking a naming ceremony.

Are baby naming ceremonies religious or secular?

Naming ceremonies are secular and do not contain religious references. If you wish to have a religious ceremony, please contact your local church or religious community.

Who can arrange a baby naming ceremony?

Either parent can make the arrangements to hold a naming ceremony for their child. Arrangements can also be made by legal guardians or anyone who has parental responsibility for a child.
Parents do not have to be married and can come from any cultural background, with any spiritual or religious beliefs.

Will I be able to change my child's name at the baby naming ceremony?

Neither the naming ceremony nor any document issued as a result of the naming ceremony has legal status. It therefore can not be used to change your child's name.
If it is your intention to change your child's name, we recommend you seek further legal advice by contacting a local solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau.
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  • Newham Registration Service
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Town Hall
    Barking Road
    East Ham
    E6 2RP

    020 8430 2000