Celebrant Led Naming Ceremonies

What is a Naming Ceremony?

A Naming ceremony is an event at which a person or persons is officially assigned a name. Various countries participate in this practice, with methods differing over cultures and religions. The timing at which a name is assigned can vary from some days after birth to several months or many years. This can be a lovely ceremony opportunity to celebrate a child coming into a family.

Iris Rose Ceremonies can conduct ceremonies all over the UK including Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

A naming ceremony is a meaningful ceremonial experience for all involved.

Many people do not wish to traditionally baptise or christen their child when they are an infant, leaving this decision to the child once he/she is old enough to decide.

Although not a religious event, a naming ceremony can include Godparents; adults who the parents have chosen to guide their child in life. There are many variations to what these adults can be called:


Life parents

Fairy Godparents

Guide parents



Rituals from any culture or religion can be used within a ceremony actually any symbolic element can be included! Here are a few ideas:

Tree planting

Candle giving

Bubble release

Time capsule

Scattering petals

Signing a greeting

Gift giving

Traditionally babies, infants or young children have been ‘named’ at a ceremony but any person, of any age, can be celebrated in this way. There are many reasons why a person may wish to have a naming ceremony:



Change of names

Gender transition

Iris Rose Ceremonies can create a bespoke service for any Naming Ceremony.