Just 15 seconds after midnight on 1 January 1976, Charles and Valerie Hammer welcomed a baby girl at Georgetown University Hospital. Their New Year’s Day baby was named Holly Elizabeth-Ross — Holly because she was born during the Christmas season, Elizabeth-Ross because she was born on the same day as famous flag-maker Betsy Ross.
Here’s what Dad had to say about the middle name:
Betsy Ross also was born Jan. 1, but in 1752. She’s the mother of the flag. She picked the colors, too. She was a very well-read woman, and pretty forward-thinking for her time. That’s the way we want our daughter to be.
Love that a baby born in the nation’s capital during the bicentennial got a middle name that’s both personally significant and patriotic. Cool choice.
Source: “First Baby Named for Betty Ross.” Dispatch [Lexington] 5 Jan. 1976: 1.