Civil Naming Ceremony

A Civil Naming Ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate the birth of your child in a non-religious ceremony and is a wonderful way to welcome your new arrival. You do not have to live on the Isles of Scilly to hold your ceremony here; this ceremony can take place in any venue of your choice with the prior agreement of the Superintendent Registrar

It is not just the birth of a child that can herald a celebration of a new addition to the family, many couples may have children from previous relationships - and what better way to make these children feel part of a new family than by celebrating with a ceremony. For anyone who adopts a child, a Civil Naming ceremony is a great way of welcoming that child into their lives and declaring a commitment to giving the child a loving home.

Any parent or legal guardian with parental responsibility for the child can make the arrangements. Parents do not need to be married and if you are having a Civil Marriage ceremony or a Civil Partnership Registration, a naming ceremony can be held immediately after.

Neither the Naming Ceremony nor any document issued has any legal status and cannot be used to change a child’s name. Please note that child’s birth certificate must be produced before the ceremony can go ahead.

To help plan your ceremony we will send you a ceremony pack with suggestions which will help you make your choices.

You can also contact the Registration Team on 01720 424501 or registration@scilly.gov.uk.