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.