Baby Naming

Baby Naming Ceremony, Baby Namings, Interfaith Naming, Civil Baptism, Namings Jewish Style, Celebrant Sydney, Wedding Celebrant Sydney

Naming Ceremony:  A name is your first gift of love to your baby!
It is a joyous and special occasion when families celebrate the birth of a new baby.
Naming ceremonies have been celebrated for centuries by mankind, with different rituals, symbols and customs.

What is a Baby Naming ceremony?
Baby Welcoming, Blessing and Naming Ceremonies these days are non-religious ceremonies and are a very special way of celebrating the arrival of a new child.
The celebration is for a new-born, special first birthday, older child, step child and adopted children.
It is a way of expressing to your family and friends your joy, happiness and excitement of the new arrival into your life and introducing your baby to family and friends.These ceremonies are an opportunity to declare your promise to be as good a parent as you can

Who is usually participating and what to include in a Naming ceremony?

The ceremonies usually involve the important people in the child's life, friends or relatives, grandparents, uncles, aunties and godparents & mentors as they confirm their special & supportive relationship with your child.
A welcoming ceremony is, in every sense, a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they offer their love and support for your child's future development.

While the Naming Ceremony and accompanying documents (Naming Certificates etc.,) do not have any legal status, they are a wonderful way to welcome your child and celebrate, as he /she begin his/her journey through life.

It is for parents who do not wish to have the traditional religious baptism or christening at a church or naming in the Synagogue, but would still like to have a special ceremony to celebrate the birth of a child or welcome a new arrival into their family.

What do you include in Naming ceremonies?
Each ceremony is unique and is tailored to suit your individual needs.
Poems, readings and quotes of personal significance can be used throughout the ceremony.
Often a symbolic gesture is also made such as presenting the child with gifts, the lighting of a candle, planting of a tree etc.
Our ceremony can take place anytime after the birth of the baby, including marking your baby's First birthday!
It can help fill the need for a ritual and provide you with the opportunity to express your joy and have a memorable, "milestone" party!
Even if you are not religious, or you don't belong to a specific religious community, you can still celebrate!

Why should you consider me as your celebrant?

My ceremonies are unique, personal, spiritual, and full of joy, hopefulness, and optimism!
They are meaningful to the parents and their guests And are conducted in a professional and intimate manner.
As a celebrant you will be surprised to know that I do have a “repeat business”
Many of “My couples” request my services again! This time to conduct a Naming Ceremony for their beautiful baby…
Along with enormous passion for the ceremonies I conduct, Being a journalist and a radio broadcaster I also have extensive experience in writing and public speaking.
I will be delighted to assist you with the most beautiful memorable ceremony

You are welcome to contact me, anytime, anywhere in Australia!

Some ideas for all Baby Naming, Welcoming & Blessing Ceremonies

A Treasure Box (Time Capsule)
The idea is that the Treasure Box will be put aside and presented to the child when he/she turns 18.
The guests are encouraged to bring special items to the Treasure Box, such as: Photos, letters, cards, envelopes containing cuttings from magazines and newspapers with the news of the day, cultural or religious relics and symbols, such as a horseshoe (it is symbolizes Good Luck in a Celtic Culture), Hamsa (A Hand Symbol often contain an eye symbol. Depictions of the hand, the eye, or the number five in some traditions is related to warding off the evil eye,  and for Good luck) A Cross, A Star of David, etc.

A Wishing Box
Guests will write their special wishes and blessings for the child on a card, and place it in a decorative box for the parents to read and keep for the child.

Lighting of a candle
Candles can Personalized and decorated with a photo, child's name, date of birth, flowers, butterflies, sporting items, little cars, etc.
The parents light the candle, make a wish for their child and promise that on each birthday, when they light the candles on the cake, they will remember what a special gift is their child to them.

Planting of a Tree,
Symbolically a native Australian plant.
The Grandparents/godparents and/or guests help plant the tree.As they plant the tree, they bless the child.

A photo signature Frame
Frame a photo of your child with a large enough border for all your guests to write their messages on it.
It will be a lovely reminder of the day, something to hand in your house and bring out in other milestones celebrations, of the child.

Signature Doll or Teddy-Bear
A soft toy for your guests to sign, creating a permanent memento of the day and all the guests who attended

One of my favorite poems
“Loving your child and expressing your love unconditionally,
Is the best investment and it pays dividends, from the very beginning…
Children do not need superhuman, perfect parents.
Just listen to your child and your own feelings…”

Baby Naming Jewish:For interfaith couples or Jewish parents

A special “Hebrew Naming” ceremony can be included as part of the ceremony.
The Jewish ritual of giving a Hebrew name to the child includes the reciting of the traditional blessings, in Hebrew and in English.
Female and male children are treated equally.
There is recognition of the Jewish identity of a child, whether he is circumcised or not.
The parents are consulted and the meaning of the ceremony is what you, the parents wish to express.

What is in a Name?
Plenty! For Jews, names have a special significance!
Children with Jewish heritage are traditionally given both a secular and a Hebrew name   
The secular name is used in day-to-day life, while the Hebrew name is reserved for religious purposes
The name itself has no religious significance
Some people believe that a child's name can have a great influence on who he or she becomes in later life.
Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah teach that a person's name expresses their inner essence.
Certainly, names can evoke particular meanings and images, often highly personal, which can influence the way a child is regarded.
Choose your child's name with care, considering both your personal reactions to a name, as well as more universal associations.
Many parents pick Hebrew and English names that complement each other.
The names may: Sound alike or start with the same letter
Be variations or equivalencies of the same name
Have the same meaning
Other parents pick unrelated English and Hebrew names, deciding instead on a Hebrew name that evokes special meaning or significance for them.

 Biblical names and names of relatives are most common Hebrew names.
Special note on naming a child after a relative:
One of the most common practices is to name a child to honor a relative.
Sephardic Jews name their children freely after both living and deceased relatives.
However, Ashkenazim rarely name children after living relatives, based on the belief that this will bring bad luck to both the child and the relative.
Traditional superstition held that the Angel of Death may take the child instead of the older family member.

For this reason, it's very uncommon to name a child after his living father.
You won't find many “Juniors” among Ashkenazi Jews
Being a Jewish celebrant and fluent in Hebrew I can assist you with the Hebrew name!
If you are not sure about the Hebrew Name, what and how to choose the Hebrew name, what is the meaning of the name you like, I will be able to assist you with all the above, as I know and understand the culture & I speak Hebrew fluently as well.

Testimonials & Thank you letters for Baby Naming ceremonies

Baby Tara (parents Natalie & Peter 2009)Thank you so much for a wonderful ceremony.
It really made me feel welcome into the world, so far.
I had a great day and the ceremony made it just more special and meaningful.
Thanks for celebrating with us
Love, Tara, Natalie and Peter

Laura and George (2004) Name Giving Ceremony
“Thank you for traveling so far to officiate on our wedding and perform the name giving ceremony for our daughter.
The ceremony was so wonderful and something we will treasure forever”…