Baby-naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a non-religious way to celebrate the arrival of your child. It provides a formal opportunity to make promises of commitment to your child in front of your friends and family. The ceremonies are not just for babies, you could choose to welcome an adopted child or stepchildren into your family.

What happens in the ceremony?

A naming ceremony is designed to meet the individual needs of the family and provide a formal opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the birth and welcome your child into the family and wider community
  • Announce the names that you have chosen and, if appropriate, explain the reasons behind the choice
  • Make promises of commitment to nurture and support your child into adult life
  • Choose other adults prepared to promise a special supportive relationship to your child.


Holding your naming ceremony in a registration office or other venue licensed by Brent Council does involve a ceremony fee. Please check our list of fees for more information.

Further details

If you are a parent or legal guardian then you can arrange a naming ceremony for your child. The ceremonies have no legal standing and are not legally binding on those who participate. The ceremonies must not have any religious content.

Please contact us for more information and to book a ceremony.