A naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the arrival of your child and welcoming them into the family and the wider community. It is also a good opportunity to declare, before family and friends, your promise to be as good a parent as you can, and for adult friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with your child.
A celebrant from Walsall Council will carry out the ceremony according to the choices you make. Any parent can make the arrangements, or anyone else who has parental responsibility or legal guardianship of the child. Parents do not have to be married, neither is the naming ceremony just for babies, children of any age can have a naming ceremony. You may wish to include your older children in the ceremony as well as your new child.
Naming ceremonies do not have any legal status. They are simply something that you, as parents can choose to do as a personal and public gesture of love and commitment to your child. Unlike a birth certificate, which is a legal document, the commemorative certificate issued is not intended for use and is unlikely to be accepted as proof of identity.
An original birth certificate for the child(ren) must be shown to the co-ordinator when booking your ceremony and the names on that certificate will be incorporated into the ceremony.
The Register Office
Telephone 0300 555 2847
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9am to 4.30pm
Wednesday - 9.30am to 4.30pm