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Your Life daily: Baby naming ceremonies 'here to stay' PARENTS' week.

TOM CRUISE'S new bundle of joy, baby Suri, had her unusual name officially confirmed at a naming ceremony.

While Suri's was a Scientology ceremony designed to introduce her to her father's religion, she is one of a growing number of babies who have a naming ceremony rather than a christening.

The British Social Attitudes Survey showed that 55 per cent of 25 to 34 year-olds were non-religious.

The British Humanist Society performs up to 300 naming ceremonies a year, the event lasting about 20 minutes.

Civil Ceremonies also organises baby namings, working in partnership with registrars and performing about 5,000 naming ceremonies a year.

Anne Barber, Civil Ceremonies managing director, said the number of ceremonies went up every year.

She said: "Naming the baby is secondary to welcoming the child to the family and community.

"Naming ceremonies are here to stay. In 10 years' time it will be a plain choice between having a christening or a naming ceremony."

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STAR CHILD... Tom Cruise's little daughter Suri, with mum Katie Holmes.
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Date:Nov 16, 2007
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