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A naming ceremony is a special way to involve family and friends
in the celebration of the birth of a child. It is also a wonderful
opportunity to welcome and pledge love and support for the new
arrival. Mothers and fathers are able to declare promises to be
good parents and adult friends and relatives have the opportunity
to confirm a special relationship with the child.
Naming ceremonies have six parts:
- introduction and welcome;
- naming of the child (or children);
- parents’ promise;
- promises by supporting adults;
- closing words.
Additional parts can also be added and these could include:
- reasons for the names;
- hopes for the child’s future;
- parents’ vows to each other;
- grandparents’ promises;
- absent guests;
- further readings;
- presentation of a gift to the child.
Naming ceremonies can also be held for older children and adults
and the content can then be adjusted as appropriate.
The ceremonies are conducted by celebrants who will carry out
the ceremony using the choices which the parents have made.
Ceremonies can take place in the Library
Room within the register office building or at other venues licensed for ceremonies. Please contact
the Register Office for more information.
Ceremonies usually last about 15 minutes but if more readings or
additional options are chosen they can last up to 30 minutes.
Details of the fees are also
available on this site and Register Office staff will be very
pleased to provide further information and discuss the
At the Medway Register Office we are committed to providing a
professional service of a high standard and we welcome your
comments. We invite you to complete a brief online
survey that will only take a few minutes of your time as
your feedback and views would be much appreciated.
We hope that our services are of the quality you expect but if
you are not happy with the standard of service that you receive,
the council operates a formal complaints procedure to look into
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