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Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a special way of welcoming a child into a family and community. Although not a legal ceremony, it's an occasion for parents, family and friends to offer their love and support for a child.

Naming ceremonies can be conducted for children of any age. Children over 10 years of age must give their written permission.

Ceremony venues

Contact the registrar to organise a naming ceremony. It's important to secure a date and discuss your ceremony.

You can have your naming ceremony at:

  • your local registration office
  • a venue in North Ayrshire
  • a venue elsewhere in Scotland: this can be obtained from the National Records of Scotland  

To view our ceremony rooms before you book, contact your local registration office.

You will need

A birth certificate for the child, or children, involved in the naming ceremony.

When are naming ceremonies conducted?

We conduct civil ceremonies in North Ayrshire 361 days per year. There are no ceremonies on 25 and 26 December or 1 and 2 January.

Registration Offices Schedule
DayTime Slots
Monday to Friday 10am 11am 2pm 3pm 4pm 6pm
Weekend and Public Holidays Bookings on the hour: earliest 12pm, latest 6pm
Approved Venues Schedule
DayTime Slots
Monday to Friday Morning as requested: earliest 10am Afternoon as requested: latest 4pm Evening slot: 6pm
Weekend and Public Holidays As requested: earliest 12pm, latest 6pm

Fees

Ceremony fees.

Contact Registrations

Email

contactus@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Telephone

01294 310000 

01770 600338 - Arran Office

Address

Registration offices