Naming ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a non-religious way to celebrate the arrival of your child; ceremonies are for children of all ages.

Organising a naming ceremony

A naming ceremony is individual to the needs of your family and gives you a formal opportunity to:

  • welcome an adopted child or stepchildren into your family
  • celebrate the birth and welcome your child into the family and wider community
  • announce the names that you have chosen
  • make promises of commitment to nurture and support your child into adult life
  • choose other adults prepared to promise a special supportive relationship to your child.

A specially written ceremony is available, which you can tailor to your needs.

You can present your child or children with a special gift to mark the occasion. A souvenir record will be presented at the end of the ceremony.

Naming Ceremony fees

We charge a non-refundable booking fee of £100 to book a naming ceremony date and time. We will take this fee from the full ceremony fee.

Hendon Town Hall

Rooms available in Hendon Town Hall Monday to Thursday before 4pm Friday before 4pm Saturday before 4pm Sunday before 4pm Bank Holidays
All day
Heritage Room (Up to 45 guests) £249 £289 £350 £489 £800
Committee Room 1 and 2 and the Chambers Room (Up to 100 guests) £309 £309 £385 £519 £750

External venues

  Monday to Friday before 4pm Saturday before 4pm Sunday before 4pm Monday to Friday after 4pm Saturday after 4pm Sunday after 4pm Bank Holidays
External premises for Naming Ceremonies £529 £579 £679 £579 £679 £815 £815

Changes to your ceremony

If you change the date or time, we charge an administration fee of £40.

Cancelling or rescheduling your ceremony

You can cancel your ceremony and apply for a refund a month before your ceremony date. Your refund will be minus the £100 non-refundable secure booking fee.

Book your naming ceremony

You don’t have to live in Barnet to arrange a naming ceremony with us. Your ceremony can take place at one of our approved premises or at any location - including your home or garden.

To book a naming ceremony please contact us at the Register Office.


Barnet Register office
Hendon Town Hall
The Burroughs

Telephone: 020 8359 6400

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm