Name-Giving Ceremony has its roots back in the dawning of history. In the early days, although a child was born into a family it was not introduced to their family and friends until such a time as the parents gave that child a Naming Ceremony.
At this point the child became a part of the extended family.
A Name-Giving ceremony celebrates the birth of a baby or welcomes into the family adopted children or stepchildren.
Sometimes other children in the family will be named at the same time, if they were not given a Naming Ceremony when they were younger.
The age of the child/person is not critical.
May Signify A Change Of Name For An Adult
A Naming-Ceremony may also be chosen to signify a change of name for an adult.
Today, the ceremony is still much the same as it was in former years.
In this ceremony parents can publically share their hopes and their dreams for their child. Special persons are chosen to play a distinct role in the life of the child.
They are called upon on behalf of the family to give their consent to help nurture and keep the well-being of the child in the forefront of their lives.
Godparents, Guardians Or Mentors May Be Appointed – A Matter Of Choice
Most often – Godparents, Guardians or Mentors are appointed, however, this is very much a matter of choice. Other family members such as Grandparents and other siblings may also take part in the ceremony.
Name-Giving Ceremonies usually consist of:
- an introduction,
- a statement of the reasons for the ceremony,
- appointment of Godparents, Guardians or Mentors, and
- vows are taken.
A blessing may be pronounced if so desired.
Certificates are presented to the appropriate persons.