A Naming Ceremony is a non-religious alternative to a Christening and welcomes a new child into the family.

We will be contacting everyone affected by the government announcement to postpone all ceremonies (except funerals) directly. Check our service updates for the latest information.

What a Naming Ceremony is

It’s an event where your child's name is confirmed and you promise them your commitment. Friends and family can take part in the ceremony and pledge to support you and your child. You could have readings and music as part of the ceremony too.

A ceremony can’t be used to change a child's name and the certificate you get at the ceremony can't be used as identification.


Where to have a Naming Ceremony

They can be held at a register office, a licensed venue or village hall. An experienced Celebrant from our Registration Service will run the ceremony.

Find a register office near you


Who Naming Ceremonies are for

Children of any age can have a Naming Ceremony and any parent or guardian of the child can arrange it.


How much a Naming Ceremony costs

Fees from 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2023

Civil Naming ceremonies at a Hertfordshire Register Office
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Civil Naming ceremonies at an Approved Venue
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Anywhere Ceremony - at a location which is not licensed as an Approved Premises

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Anytime Ceremonies (includingAnywhere) - between 6pm and 9am
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