Naming ceremonies are not only for babies but may also be a celebration for older, adoptive and stepchildren, to welcome them into a new relationship with their family and community.
The ceremonies provide a dignified and formal event to:
welcome the child into the family and community
publicly announce their names, perhaps giving the reasons behind the choice
as parents make personal commitments to each other (as well as to the child)
choose adult friends and/or relatives to take part in the ceremony as “encouraging adults” who pledge a special relationship with the child.