Names in the News: Katrina, Briar, Hallel

Three recent baby name stories featuring names that pay tribute to others:

  • Katrina: In May of 2015, a baby girl born to a survivor of the Sydney siege was named Emily Katrina, middle name in honor of Katrina Dawson, one of the victims.
  • Briar: In May of 2016, a baby girl born to a couple who had fled from the Fort McMurray wildfire two weeks earlier was named Briar Adele, Briar in honor of CBC broadcaster Briar Stewart, who had reported on the wildfire from the front lines.
  • Carmi Hallel: In July of 2016, a baby girl born to a family in Israel was named Carmi Hallel, middle name in honor of Hallel Ariel, the 13-year-old girl who had been murdered several days earlier. (Hallel means “praise” in Hebrew.)

Sources: Sydney siege survivor names newborn daughter after victim Katrina Dawson, Born hours after the burial, a new baby named after Hallel Ariel, Baby Briar: Fort McMurray newborn named after CBC reporter

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