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How To Hold a Naming Ceremony for Your Baby

By Patti Wigington

Once your child has been blessed and presented to the household guardians, you still may want to have a ceremony to introduce the new baby to your extended network of friends and family. One way to do this is to have a Naming Ceremony, in which the baby is officially given her name. In some traditions, this is called a saining, and in others a Wiccaning, but no matter what you call it, it’s the chance to present your baby to the community to which he or she belongs.

Here’s How:

1. Ideally, you should have chosen a name prior to the ceremony. Most states require you to give your baby a name before leaving a hospital, and others mandate that you apply for birth certificates — which of course requires a name — within a month of birth. While there’s no official Pagan Procedure Manual for choosing a name, if you want to have a Pagan Baby Name, you may want to read about Magical Names.

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