Naming ceremonies

Naming ceremonies celebrate the arrival of a new baby or child into your family, including adoptive children and step-children.

To arrange a naming ceremony contact York Register Office to make an appointment.

Naming ceremony venues

Naming ceremonies may take place in the marriage room at York Register Office or anywhere that the celebrant considers suitable, this would include all places approved for marriage.

Find out more about the facilities at York Register Office or take a virtual tour.

Naming ceremony dates

York Register Office holds naming ceremonies on Sundays.

Naming ceremony fees

The cost for a registrar to conduct a naming ceremony is:

  • £225 at the register office
  • £250 at approved venues

Please make postal orders payable to 'City of York Council' or pay by card (we do not accept cheques). Alternatively you can contact York Register Office by telephone and pay using your debit or credit card.

Legal implications of a naming ceremony

Neither the ceremony nor any documents issued following the ceremony have any legal status.

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