Baby Namings

Have a  humanist naming ceremony  to welcome the arrival of a baby, an adopted child or new step-children into your family.

Click here to see an example naming ceremony.

Our local trained and experienced baby-naming celebrants can be found below or on the Humanists UK website.

Nick Wyse


0780 308 0494


It’s lovely that you may want to hold a Ceremony to celebrate your little one.  As your Naming Ceremony Celebrant my aim is to work with you to create, write and deliver a Ceremony that is full of truth and joy for you and your child.

“Nick conducted a wonderful funeral service for my father and it was exactly what he would have wanted. At all times he was very sensitive towards all members of the family and encouraged us to contribute. He was always on hand and willing to offer us his knowledge and advice before the funeral and was a huge support to us all. He was highly professional, kind and compassionate throughout the whole process and I would recommend him without reservation.”

Helen Jeffries


07722 874597


I’m Helen, a Humanist celebrant based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. (I’m the one on the left.)

I love nothing more than working with families to create warm and truly welcoming ceremonies – whether you’re celebrating a new arrival or marking a new chapter in your lives together. And even if you’re still not sure whether a Humanist ceremony is right for you, please get in touch to find out more.

In short: my job is to tell your story.

Once I’ve got to know your family, and what’s most important to you, I’ll work with you to create and lead a unique ceremony.

Nothing that feels unnatural, cringy, or forced. Nothing that “has to be” included. Just personal, meaningful words and actions to mark the ways that all your lives have changed, and the people you want to be to each other in the future.

Chris Brown


07718 271968


I’m an accredited humanist celebrant based in Berkshire and I cover all of the surrounding counties. I can help you with a funeral or naming ceremony.

I’m a Public Speaker and Events Organiser of many years standing and I have a love of words, language and literature. I enjoy working with you to create a unique and bespoke ceremony that truly reflects your personality and your values, delivered by myself with a warm and passionate style.

Naming Ceremonies can be vibrant, mellow, quirky, sweet.  They often include commitments from parents or other loved ones. Some of them involve appointing Guideparents or Mentors. They often include a symbolic act and they nearly all involve inviting friends and family to your wonderful party to make memories that last forever. The ceremonies often last about 20 minutes and can take place in your home, your garden, or any public location that works for you. We’ll spend time together talking about the things that are important to you and your family and I’ll weave that into a story to tell on the day.  I like to leave your audience with laughter but maybe also a tear in their eyes. Emotion is part of what makes it special.

“Chris delivered the most beautiful ceremony. We’re so glad we chose to do this for our special day”

Tracy Staskevich


07881 884400


As a humanist celebrant, I work on your behalf to help you plan a ceremony that is warm, heartfelt and in keeping with the beliefs and personality of the people involved.

 I live on the border of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire at the edge of the Chiltern hills and have worked in publishing and the creative industries for much of my career, as well as founding a national cancer charity over ten years ago.

I became a celebrant because of my joy of meeting new people and sharing in their stories, whether they are fabulously romantic and funny stories of love, or warm and heartfelt memories of a life well-lived. Stories and our shared life experiences are the things that bind us all together – they can bring us joy and comfort through life’s biggest moments.

Simon Hodkin


07711 145 904


I am a Humanist Celebrant, for non-religious funerals and naming ceremonies, trained and accredited by Humanists UK.

“You put all our information in context. Your choice of a symbolic act was inspired… it was warm and inclusive.”

“The ceremony was beautiful. Thank you for all the wonderful suggestions you made and for making the day so very special.”