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Naming ceremonies

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  1. Naming ceremonies
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  1. Book a naming ceremony
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These ceremonies are a very special way of announcing your child's birth and celebrating with your family and friends. The ceremonies are not just for babies - brothers and sisters of the newborn child can be included in the ceremony for no extra charge. They are also a way of welcoming older stepchildren or adopted children into their new family.

The ceremony is an opportunity to have a formal and dignified event that will let you:

  • Welcome the child into the family and community
  • Publicly announce their names and give the reasons for the choice (optional)
  • Make personal promises to your child to care for them until adulthood
  • Make promises of commitment to each other as parents
  • Choose friends or family to play a special part in the ceremony as 'Supporting Adults'
  • Involve grandparents with special promises
  • Invite other people who may be close to the child(ren) to perform readings

Any parent or legal guardian of the child is welcome to arrange one of these ceremonies. They can be held in the historic Cheylesmore Manor House building or any other venue that has a licence to perform marriages.

Please note: naming ceremonies have no legal status and cannot be used to change a child's name. The child's birth certificate will need to be shown before a ceremony can be booked.

If you are interested in arranging one of these ceremonies and would like to book a ceremony coordinator appointment with our Ceremony Coordinator then please complete the online contact form or email ceremonyco-ordinator@coventry.gov.uk.

Register office - Ceremony Coordinator

9.15am–4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays), Saturday (building only) 9.30am - 4.30pm

Email: ceremonyco-ordinator@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 3136

Cheylesmore Manor House
Manor House Drive
Coventry
CV1 2ND

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