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The usual purpose of a naming ceremony is to formally and publicly introduce a child to friends and family and to give a child his or her name. In accordance with cultural traditions multiple names may be assigned, both public and private.

Normally in such a ceremony, two adults, in addition to the parents, take on the responsibility of spiritual guidance. For agnostic useage, we recommend the use of "guideparent" rather than the traditional term "godparent."

A naming ceremony can also be used to publicly celebrate the changing of a name. It is not unusual for people to reject the name given to them as a child, and through an appropriate ceremony, this can be made a memorable occasion rather than just a dry legal proceeding.

The Right Reverend Tanya Hannis has developed a naming ceremony for your use / adaptation