Naming Ceremonies

Humanist Naming and Welcoming ceremonies are held to welcome a new life into the family, the community and into the world.

Humanist Naming Ceremonies

At a Humanist Welcoming / Baby Naming ceremony, the family has the opportunity to declare publicly their love for their child and their aspirations for the child’s future.

You can make this declaration among family and friends in a meaningful and significant ceremony – a ceremony that will be carefully crafted in consultation with you by our highly trained and skilled accredited Humanist celebrants.

Humanist Naming Ceremonies - a happy baby smiling
Humanist Naming Ceremonies - a mother and father kissing a baby
Humanist Naming Ceremonies - a baby's feet held in a parent's hand hand

"We were lucky enough to have Ealish perform our son's welcoming ceremony. She was wonderful, she supported and guided us through the whole process. The ceremony was built entirely around our son and Ealish made sure to make it child friendly - all of our guests were very impressed and wanted her number!"

Rosalynd, Niall and Cathal Hayes

"We didn’t know where to start with planning a naming ceremony for our son Cooper. I selected Louise from the Humanist Association of Ireland’s website after reading her bio. From the first interaction I had with her, Louise was a pleasure to deal with. She gave lots of inspiration for how to plan the ceremony yet didn’t try to force us into anything. The ceremony was so beautiful and Louise led it perfectly. Ourselves and all our guests had never been to a naming ceremony before and everyone remarked how personal and memorable it was. Louise was so lovely to work with and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone else".

Tristan and Aoife

Frequently asked questions about Humanist Naming Ceremonies

Please note that these questions and answers are for general information purposes only. The answers are correct to the best of our belief and knowledge at the present time, but are not definitive.  Different celebrants take slightly different approaches, so please speak to a celebrant if you have a particular query or concern.

Have a listen to an interview on Humanism and Baby Naming Ceremonies, featured on Kildare FM, 25th August 2022.

(11 minute listen).


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