Name giving ceremonies
have a history almost as old as mankind itself.

From the moment of our birth, our minds and spirits are slowly shaped by a set of values, customs and traditions specific to our own time and place.

Nearly every society has a ritual to welcome children into the world and integrate them into the community.

In Roman times a son was not a legal member of the family until the father had named him in a ceremony

If you are an Australian aboriginal from the Kimberly region, you have been rocked through the smoke of the Konkerberry fire by your grandmother.

Although vastly different, each ceremony conveys essentially the same message: "Welcome, You are one of us, we will do our best to protect and nurture you"

With these words, spoken in vast cities and tiny villages, in a thousand different languages, we begin our voyage on the circle of life.

By our name we are identified as an individual and as an accepted member of the community.

In Christian societies, babies are often named for their parents or grandparents, while groups as diverse as Ashkenazi Jews and the Kung people of Namibia will never give a child the name of a living parent.

The Lakota Sioux bestow names that they hope will guide their children's lives, names to be lived up to. (The Circle of Life -Harper Collins)

In contemporary New Zealand, as we search our spiritual and cultural traditions for meaningful ways to mark changes and celebrate rites of passage we are beginning to practice the art of self-generated ceremony.

With our families and friends, we are creating informal moments, of shared experience and mutual commitment

Wedding Ceremonies..


"Dear Barbara,
We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to you for officiating our Son's Naming Ceremony.
We were delighted with the advice, resources and the time you took to personalise our ceremony.
You created a service that was unique, intimate and individual which will always be a special memory to our family, thank you.
We would not hesitate to recommend your service at any time".
Kind Regards Lynda & Lewis.

Naming ceremony for little Anna Worsley
with parents Marny & Guy

"We feel very fortunate to have had Barbara as our celebrant on two of the most memorable and significant days of our lives: our wedding, and more recently the naming ceremony of our boy. Barbara performed her ceremonial duties with flair and serenity, and we greatly appreciate the care she took to create the perfect service for our occasions. Barbara is now more than a celebrant in our lives, she is a trusted friend, and we would not hesitate in recommending her to others".
Clare and Rob.

"Hi Barbara
Many many thanks to you for being our celebrant not only at our wedding but also at our daughters naming ceremony. For our wedding you had the greatest ideas to help us put together our ceremony and you were helpful and relaxed on the build up and on the day of our wedding. The ceremony itself was wonderful and you exceeded all our expectations. One point in particular I was looking for in choosing a celebrant was someone well spoken that could be clearly heard without having to yell , because at these occasions the guests are just as important on the day. You portrayed this ability in a very natural way that many of our guests commented on. You remained relax and calm throughout and always had a great idea of how things should proceed. So when we decided to go ahead with a naming ceremony for our daughter, we naturally thought of you and were delighted that you did officiate naming ceremonies. Again at the naming ceremony for our daughter you had great ideas. During both ceremonies you were great to communicate with. We look forward to having you officiate naming ceremonies for our future children.
Thanks Barbara"
Angela & Mark