As requested here is my naming day script. I used lots of different scripts I'd found online to write this - feel free to borrow if needed. We didn't pay for a registrar, a very good friend of mine (who's a drama teacher) read it for us.
gather today to bless a child,
A new life that has become part of our world.
We gather today to name this child.
To call a thing by name is to give it power,
and so today we shall give this child a gift.
We will welcome her into our hearts and lives
and bless her with a name of her own.
everyone. A warm welcome to you all, friends and family as we come together to
celebrate a new life – the life of a beautiful baby girl – Isobelle. Thank you all for being here. Today we mark a milestone not only for
Isobelle, but for her mum and dad, Mum and Dad, for her family and for everyone
whose lives she has touched in the 6 months she has been in this world. We are
all deeply touched by the birth of a baby. That a child is born into this world
in innocence and pure love, is indeed a miracle. A tiny human who is so
dependent on us for all her nurturing, her nourishment and her learning.
A naming ceremony’s purpose is to officially give a
baby their name and to make the name known to all her friends and family. A
naming ceremony has an extended purpose of presenting the baby to her community
and to celebrate the arrival of a new person in that community. We all share in the joy of
Isobelle’s arrival – just as we all share the responsibility of shaping her as
a person. Isobelle needs everyone’s good and caring influence as we offer her
our love, our knowledge and our wisdom. The
more people to whom she relates, the more balanced and rich her growth will be.
So your presence at this celebration today is appreciated, as will be your
interest and involvement in the years ahead.
Explanation of name
Now it is
time to formally welcome Isobelle with love as we bestow her name.
Isobelle was born at 4am on Thursday 2nd February
2012 at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Dad supported Mum through the
birth and was first to put on a nappy & dress her after she’d fed for
nearly 2 hours!
A name is
very important. It distinguishes us from others and gives us a sense of
belonging in our family and community. Dad and Mum are not good at making
decisions but had decided on the name Isobelle before they were married 2 years
ago, as they both liked the name, although I’m told it took a lot longer to
decide on how to spell it!
a name with many spellings and meanings. It is a Hebrew name that is believed
to be derived from the name Elizabeth. It means vow or oath of God. The belle
at the end comes from the Latin word bella which translates to
name, ______________, was chosen by both parents for a more personal reason, this
was the name of Dad’s older sister who sadly lost her life to cancer. She would
really have loved Isobelle, being a caring & dedicated Aunty as well as a
valuable source of advice.
Isobelle – your name has been chosen with love and with the strength of
heritage. We therefore name you Isobelle_________ ____________. We wish you long life
and happiness in a loving and peaceful world. May you bring joy to your
parents, your family and friends.
Promises for Parents
Uncle is now going to read a poem entitled The Example of Parenthood
The Example of
There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take in everything you say;
There are little hands all eager to do everything you do,
And a little girl who’s dreaming of the day she’ll be like you.
You’re little Isobelle’s idol you’re the wisest of the wise;
In her little mind about you no suspicions ever rise.
There’s a wide-eyed little girl who believes you’re always right,
And her ears are always open as she watches day and night.
You are setting an example every day in all you do.
For the little girl who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.
history there is no deeper connection than that of a baby and her parents. As
new parents, Mum and Dad’s lives have changed forever.
Before they were a couple in love, committed to each other in marriage. Now
they have become a true family with that commitment extending to Isobelle. This
is now a close and loving family unit.
Families are important – the role of parenthood held in high regard. To be
responsible for a new life strengthens the bond that Dad and Mum share and
brings a strong purpose to their lives.
Mum has a
poem to share with you
Mother's Wish by Anon
I hope my child looks back on today
And sees a mother who had time to play.
There will be years for cleaning and cooking,
But children grow up when you're not looking.
Tomorrow I'll do all the chores you can mention
But today, my baby needs time and attention.
So settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep,
I'm cuddling my baby, and babies don't keep.
So, Mum and Dad,
in front of your family and friends do you both promise that you will continue
to treasure the time you spend together, and support each other through the
changes in your lives? We do
Mum and Dad, this soul is so dear to you both. She has come into your lives and
changed them forever, and now your role as parents has been embraced with
responsibility, care and love.
I ask that you make your own personal declaration of commitment and
unconditional love to Isobelle.
Dad, do you promise to protect and provide for Isobelle so she may grow up to
be happy and safe? I do
Mum, do you promise to encourage her curiosity, courage and enthusiasm so that
she can face life’s challenges with resilience and optimism? I do
Mum & Dad please repeat together after me:
We promise to cherish and nurture Isobelle
throughout her life.
We promise to guide Isobelle and to respect and
support the choices she makes.
We promise to do our best to raise Isobelle to
take her place in the community as a kind and caring person.
Dad also has
a poem he would like to share:
You are a princess in my heart,
and I care for you so much.
I love the fondness in you eyes and your tender little touch.
I looked at you when you were born,
and knew then straight away,
that I would be forever here
to watch you grow and play.
You bring to me a heart of joy,
and memories so great,
and a powerful sense of fatherhood that no one can debate.
I watch you sleep and dream of things that I can only wonder.
That innocent look upon your face just makes my heart grow fonder.
I see you run and jump and shout and calling out my name.
No love that I have ever known could ever feel the same.
No suffering or tragedy nor deeply seated pain
could ever over shadow the bond that we retain.
And so my little princess before you go to sleep,
Remember I am your daddy and I am yours to keep.
Promises for Guardians
Mum and Dad
have asked 5 family and friends to be guardians to Isobelle. Please can they join me at the front.
are named individuals chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child's
upbringing and personal development.
Aunty will now share a poem
you many smiles and happy times to come by Anon
May life's adventures be exciting and sweet
Filled with love from the friends that you'll meet
You'll soon grow up for time does fly
So cherish each moment as it goes by
From crawling and walking
To toddling and talking
There's no knowing what you'll do next
There's a threshold to cross and a wide open door
And a wonderful world for you to explore
Sleep with the moonbeams and play in the sun
Let your life be a long one and filled with fun
May today and tomorrow and all days hereafter
Be days that are happy and filled with your laughter.
formally ask you all:
Will you stay close to Isobelle to the best of your ability? We will
Will you help to guide her through life so that she may know the best way you
know? We will
Will you try to be a good influence by your own way of living, encourage her to
observe worthy principles, and decent treatment of her fellow human beings and
her world? We will
Isobelle’s guardian, will
read a poem
Learn what they Live by Dorothy Law
If children live with criticism,
If children live with hostility,
They learn how to fight;
If children live with ridicule,
They learn to be shy;
If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty;
live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient;
If children live with encouragement,
They learn to have confidence;
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate;
If children live with fairness,
They learn justice;
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith;
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves;
If children live with love around them,
They learn to give love to the world.
We now ask
her guardians, grandparents and aunts and uncles to join us to create 2 unique
candles. Each member of family or guardian will have a container of coloured
sand that will be poured into a vase to symbolise them joining together to
love, support, reassure and guide Isobelle as she grows & develops. At the end of the ceremony you will have the
opportunity of creating your own sand creation to remember this occasion.
Promises for everyone
Mum and Dad
are very aware that raising a child holds big responsibilities. It is important
that they are able to ask for support on occasions, and for Isobelle to be able
to gain counsel from family and friends – people she can trust to go to as she
grows. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child.
With this in
mind, Mum and Dad have chosen to invite all of you here today – as their
friends and family – to make an affirmation that you will help guide and
nurture Isobelle from helpless babyhood into independent adulthood.
Will you help
to offer Isobelle a broad and balanced view of life, We
encourage her in the virtues we all agree as good - integrity, honesty,
concern, fairness and love toward his fellow human beings. We
Will you be
a shoulder for Mum and Dad to lean on when they need it? We will
Will you accept Isobelle into
your community and welcome her into your hearts? We will.
like everyone to join in with a poem of wishes for her future:
May beauty delight
you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong,
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.
May you seek to learn, may you learn to live.
May you live to love, and may you love - always.
As we draw this ceremony to a close I say to you, Isobelle, may life's
richest joys and blessings be yours. May you grow in health of body and mind to
full adulthood and may it be your good fortune to play some worthy part in
making life more pleasant for those whose paths you cross.
If you have
bought an item for Isobelle’s time capsule please can you see Isobelle’s
Grandpa after the ceremony to pass on the gift and record a short
On behalf of
Dad & Mum I’d like to thank you for your attendance, affirmations and
support in the past, present and future.
with 1 final poem by Mum
May all your
wishes come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay forever young
May you grow to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light that is surrounding you
always be courageous
Stand upright and strong
And may you stay forever young
May your hands always be busy
And may your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of change shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young.