Bicentennial Baby Named Elizabeth-Ross

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.


One thought on “Bicentennial Baby Named Elizabeth-Ross

  1. I hardly ever hear Holly beyond the famous Bunny anymore, which is sad because I LOVE that name! Holly Elizabeth is so nice!

    Not to be a fussy-britches, but…Betsy Ross didn’t actually make the first flag. It’s a pretty little myth, though.

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