Name giving ceremonies are almost as old as the human race. It is considered a formal introduction of your baby to your family and friends and for them to share the naming of the child in their presence. This type of ceremony can be used for an adopted child and will be no different to that of a birth child. It is importance to note that a name giving ceremony is not a baptism or a christening, although if requested, there is no reason there can't be a religious component added. Naming ceremonies are traditionally for young children in their first year or so of life. After this time, ceremonies turned to be ceremonies of recognition or transition, rather than of welcome.