Naming and Welcoming

Naming ceremony celebrants in Scotland

Life is a precious gift. If you would like to celebrate the arrival of your beautiful new baby, one of our SICA celebrants will certainly help you create a ceremony to remember.

A real family affair! We have so many ideas and suggestions, but we know you probably have ideas too. Let’s work together on a ceremony, making a bright and vibrant event to remember.

Of course, these ceremonies aren’t just for babies. Perhaps you want to formally name older children. Equally, as an adult, you may wish to celebrate a new name or identity, witnessed by those dearest to you.

All SICA celebrants across Scotland can work on giving you a unique ceremony. We’ve listed all of them below for you to browse. Or use the search boxes above to find someone who works close to you.

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Celebrants covering Naming Ceremonies


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Fiona Beeley

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

Located in the North East of Scotland , I cover Aberdeenshire and Angus. I am also happy to conduct ceremonies in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

With a background in pastoral care and training as an Interfaith Minister, my ethos is fully inclusive embracing many cultures, identities and belief systems. The ceremonies that I create have you and your loved ones at heart.

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Thomas Baxter

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I am based in Angus and cover the whole of Scotland. I am happy to conduct ceremonies in a venue of your choosing.

Hi, my name is Tommy, and I am an experienced Celebrant, always willing to listen, always willing to learn.

I work closely with you, guiding you, as we create a service fitting for the occasion.  Whether it’s a loving, compassionate, and respectful service which captures the essence of a lost loved one, or a marriage ceremony that’s unique, joyous, and memorable,  I will deliver a heartfelt ceremony with warmth that is always mindful of your own values and beliefs.

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Cate Reid

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

My name is Cate and my role is to work with you to create meaningful, heartfelt ceremonies which will enable you to celebrate your wedding, civil partnership, baby naming, vow renewal, or the life of a lost loved one, in a way which truly reflects personal values and beliefs.

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Sarah Burnside

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

Each ceremony is bespoke and lovingly crafted in collaboration with those for whom the ceremony is written and can be as formal or informal as you would like. It can include as many spiritual and cultural elements as you wish – or indeed none at all – and is always warm and inviting.

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Lesley Fraser

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

I have a background in bereavement and relationship counselling, broadcasting and public speaking for over 30 years. A trained nurse, I have long held the conviction that helping relatives and friends to say goodbye to their loved ones in a caring and sensitive way helps them to carry on despite their loss. I am also an Ordained Minister able to conduct legal weddings in Scotland.

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Lorna Leslie

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

Central Belt, North and South Lanarkshire

Hello, my name is Lorna Leslie and I am an independent Celebrant travelling across Lanarkshire and the Central Belt.

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Rachel Henderson

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

WEDDINGS/HANDFASTINGS: Scotland and Northern England FUNERALS: Scottish Borders and E Lothian NAMINGS: Scotland and Northern England PET MEMORIALS: Scottish Borders and E Lothian

Our lives are full of entrances, exits, celebrations and pauses!

My name is Rachel and my passion is people; understanding them, supporting them, hearing what is said (and often not said) and then creating informal, relaxed and heartfelt ceremonies.

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Gillian Robertson

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I believe in compassion, warm-heartedness and kindness and I bring these qualities to my interactions with families: I am committed to listening deeply and working together to craft a Ceremony that is unique and right for your particular threshold moment.

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Pamela Dicks

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

I work between Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (Banchory and Stonehaven) Montrose and surrounding areas.

I have lived and worked in the North East of Scotland for nearly 30 years.  Family, people and animals have always been central to both my life and work.  I currently work in the NHS in children’s research and facilitating a youth patient advocacy group. I have been writing and conducting funeral and memorial services since the beginning of 2022.

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Gaynor Hogg

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

Happy to travel

I can help you create the most perfect ceremony, to mark the life event of your choosing, whether it’s working together on your legal wedding ceremony, welcoming the special gift of a baby, renewing the your vows, blessing your new house, a letting go ceremony, no matter the occasion if it’s a change in your life we can move through it together with love, compassion, meaning, and mirth in a way that is right for you.

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Hazel Jane

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I am happy to travel anywhere. I live in Glasgow and love a city wedding, but I'm just as happy up in the wilds of the Highlands and beyond.

My name is Reverend Hazel Jane, and I believe in magic

I believe in honour, in history, in symbolism, in truth. I believe we can celebrate love differently. I believe we can do death better.

I am an interfaith minister and creative celebrant living and working in one of the world’s most wonderful cities, Glasgow.

I conduct weddings, funerals, and rites of passage for gorgeous souls in Scotland and beyond. I’m passionate about telling stories. I craft with language and ritual to create beautiful, safe spaces – holding people wherever they are, offering whatever they might need.

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Susan Fraser

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

Whether you are looking for a wedding celebration that is just the way you want it to be, a meaningful renewal of vows, a beautiful welcome for your new baby, or celebration of the life of a lost loved one, I will spend all the time it needs to help you create the service or ceremony that is right for you.

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Angela Maughan

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I am a loving and respectful celebrant creating ceremonies all about you. I will support, guide you and write bespoke ceremonies reflecting your values. I always work with love and compassion and offer support and spiritual guidance.

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Ian Bonner-Evans

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I am an interfaith minister and celebrant based in South Lanarkshire. I am available to conduct ceremonies including opposite-sex and same-sex weddings and civil partnerships. I work mostly in central and southern Scotland but I’m happy to travel further afield if required. My aim is to be accompany you to the best of my ability during this important time, and to create and deliver a special ceremony which truly reflects your own beliefs, values and requirements.

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Gordon Smith

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

Regardless of the life event you wish to mark or celebrate, whether happy or sad, attended by many or private, my training and experience allows me to create and conduct a truly unique ceremony. Each one being created with you, for you, to ensure a genuinely personal service.

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Isla Craig

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

I have many years experience of public speaking and writing services, and I will help you create the perfect ceremony for your celebration whether it is a funeral, a wedding celebration or a naming ceremony. I will help you create a service that reflects your personality and is a true celebration.

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Chris Vermeulen

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

I mainly conduct funerals, but do take the occasional wedding, Baby naming ceremonies and scattering of ashes.  I also help prepare the wishes of those wanting to prepare their own ceremonies at some future date.

I was a minister for 33 years until I resigned 2017 to work independently creating personalised and unique services around the wishes, beliefs and values of the family, friends and loved one.

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Chris Lerpiniere

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

Every person we pass has a unique, vivid and complex life, wrapped in a cloud of backstory. I take great joy in this uniqueness and harmony in each of our lives and respect the sanctity of life from the joy of birth through to the sadness of death, life’s natural conclusion. I will always endeavour to create and deliver a service, ceremony or ritual that is responsive to the wishes of my clients.

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Jonathan Buchan

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings

Hello, my name is Jonathan Buchan and I am an independent celebrant travelling all across Scotland carrying out special ceremonies.

I am available to conduct Funeral and Memorial Services in any location, as well as Wedding Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows and Baby Naming ceremonies. I will take time and help you make it just right for you.

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Patricia Millon

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I work mainly in Perthshire, Scotland and surrounding areas such as Dundee, Stirling, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, and Paisley.

I am an Independent Spiritual Minister and officially recognised to conduct legal marriages in Scotland. I work mainly in the Perth, Stirling and Glasgow areas carrying out various Ceremonies such as  Weddings, Wedding Blessings, Naming, Celebration of Life Funerals, Memorials, Scattering of Ashes,Weddings,

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Naomi Keir

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

Naomi offers entirely personalised celebrations, tailored to your exact requirements.  Spending time making sure all the details are what you want them to be, so you don’t have to worry.

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Kevin Thompson

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

A long-time public speaker and educationalist, and now experienced celebrant, I bring these skills to helping families cope with the loss of a loved one or to celebrate that special event, be it a fully-legal wedding, child-naming, affirmation of vows or indeed anything else. I believe the wishes of the family to be paramount and will design a customised service to suit your wishes.

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David Devenney

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

Scotland Wide

Hello and thanks for reaching my profile. I am a highly experienced independent celebrant, offering personalised wedding and commitment ceremonies, funerals, rituals, hand fasting and naming ceremonies, for people of all faiths and none.

I have worked with hundreds of people over the years in order to bring their wishes alive. I have a warm and professional approach and I will put you at ease throughout the planning and execution of your ceremony. I will listen and guide you through the process with insight, care and compassion, providing support and guidance at every step and together we will shape your ceremony ensuring that every moment is meaningful and authentic.

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Kirsty Williams

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

I became an celebrant in May 2016, deciding to follow this vocation after being widowed in 2015. Kindness and compassion to others has always been my priority when working with people.

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Anne Wels

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

My name is Anne Wels and I’d be delighted to be your celebrant and help you tailor a service to fit your needs for one of the most important moments in your life and it will come straight from the heart.

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Denise Jarvis

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

Central Belt, happy to travel on request.

Funerals/Memorials/Wedding Celebrations/Renewal of Vows/Baby Naming/Pet Memorials/Coming of Age/Gender Change

I live in The Central Belt, regularly covering Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Fife, North and South Lanarkshire and West Lothian.

I am happy to travel.

My love of people and a love of the written word as well as experiencing personal loss has led me to the path I’m on today.

I practice deep listening to get a true feel for what families want; whether that be for a Funeral or Memorial, a Wedding Celebration, Renewal of Vows or Naming Ceremony, I can attune to any family or circumstance and have the ability to adapt my style of writing for every person creating a unique and heartfelt celebration.

I am happy to include religious content I my ceremonies from any faith for a truly personal and unique celebration whatever the occasion.

They’re your stories…I only tell them.

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Diane McLeish

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

As the name suggests, my ceremonies are celebrations, honouring a life lost, welcoming a new life or identity or marking an important rite of passage. In addition to my own life experiences and professional background in the NHS, Public Health, Communities and Education I have an open-minded and culturally sensitive approach to life, death and everything in between.

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Laura Gordon

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

I mainly officiate ceremonies in Moray, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, although I am willing to travel and can conduct ceremonies in all areas of Scotland.

My name is Laura Gordon and with over 11 years experience as a Celebrant and over 21 years experience in the funeral profession I understand and appreciate the need for families, couples and individuals to be offered more choice in arranging personal and tailor-made ceremonies to mark the major events and celebrations in their lives.

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Annette MacDonald

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

Through the years, I have listened to the families for whom I was privileged to be able to assist and I know that they appreciated being given a choice as to how the service for their loved one was conducted.  As a result of this, I took the steps to continue my professional development and train as a Civil Celebrant.

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Elaine Cormack

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

I usually work in Perth and Kinross and Fife, but I am also very happy to travel to deliver your service in Falkirk, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Stirling.

Hello, my name is Elaine, I deliver a truly personalised and exceptional service. I specialise in crafting unique, heartfelt ceremonies carefully tailored to reflect your values and beliefs. Working inclusively, with sensitivity, compassion and calm professionalism, I am more than a celebrant—I’m here to guide you. From commitment ceremonies to vow renewals, end-of-life to welcoming new life ceremonies, and everything in between, I promise to listen, capture the essence of your story, and work tirelessly to ensure your ceremony is a genuinely personal, memorable experience. Let’s create something extraordinary together.

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Ewan Skinner

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Other Ceremonies

I am an Independent Celebrant based in the East of Scotland.

The services I am able to conduct can contain whatever religious or non religious content. Although it is a sad time, the ceremony would be designed to honour, pay tribute to and give thanks for the life of your loved one.

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Rachel Cheer

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Other Ceremonies

I believe in creating ceremonies that are authentic, unique and memorable. I want you to be a part of your ceremony, not just a witness to it. This can be achieved through the use of activities or rituals. These might be ancient customs such as exchanging rings or lighting a candle. They might be something bespoke, designed to be sincere, heartfelt and truthful to your story.

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Jean Thomson

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials | Weddings | Legal Marriages | Other Ceremonies

My name is Reverend Jean Thomson and I am a  Ceremonialist and Interfaith Minister operating throughout Scotland.

My aim is to create personal, meaningful, memorable ceremonies filled with love. It is a privilege to get to know families and work with them at both the saddest and happiest moments in their lives.

As a minister with the Open Sanctuary I am authorised by the Registrar General to conduct legal weddings anywhere in Scotland, indoors or outdoors.

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Ronnie Kain

Naming Ceremonies | Funerals and Memorials

Based in the North East of Scotland, I specialise in delivering funeral services when you have lost a loved one and Naming Ceremonies when you have a new child in your family.

Every service and ceremony I compile and deliver, is very much tailored towards your wishes and while they are generally non religious, recognition of belief can be included.

By discussing what kind of service or ceremony you want, I ensure each one is specific.  My funeral services are specifically person centred and focus on the life of you loved one, while my Naming Ceremonies are very much based around your hopes for and promises to the new child in your family.