A naming ceremony is a non-religious way of celebrating the birth of your child and welcoming them into your family and the wider community. It provides an alternative to a religious christening or baptism.

The ceremonies have no legal status and are purely ceremonial.

Arranging a naming ceremony

  • To arrange a naming ceremony contact the Registrar Office on 0151 606 2020
  • You should allow around four weeks to book and arrange the ceremony
  • Ceremonies can be held at any venue that is licensed for Civil Weddings and Civil Partnerships. 

Venues and fees for naming ceremonies

Who are naming ceremonies for?

Naming ceremonies are for babies and children of any age and can also be used as way to welcome adopted or step-children into a family. You don’t have to live in Wirral to have a naming ceremony here. 

Who can arrange a ceremony?

A parent or anyone who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of the child.

What happens at the ceremony?

The ceremony is personalised to you and can include readings and promises. Supporting adults (similar to the role played by godparents at a baptism) and grandparents can also be involved in making promises to the child.

The ceremony usually lasts around 15 to 30 minutes and is conducted by a professional celebrant from Wirral Register Office.

Information you will need to provide

  • The child’s birth certificate