Denise Richards' New Baby Name Chosen by Her Daughters
Their choice? Eloise. Richards' rep told PEOPLE: "Eloise Joni Richards is named after Denise's mom (Joni), and Denise and her daughters Sami and Lola chose the name Eloise."
Adorable! And Eloise has fashion traction. A hit name of the 1920s, Eloise is an old lady name that's spent a couple generations off the charts and has just gotten old enough to sound cute again. It's leaped from not on the charts in 2008 to #530 in 2010, fueled no doubt by the re-release of the cute children's series about Eloise, who lives in the "room on the tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel.
The books are everywhere, and movies have begun to appear in the last decade too (with a big-budget version reportedly in development). Why is this decades-old series so popular again? The author, Kay Thompson, had allowed the books to go out of print in her lifetime, but after her death her estate granted permission for the series to be revived. Alice + Olivia designer Stacy Bendet also has a daughter named Eloise.
Since Sam and Lola helped to name the baby, it stands to reason that the kid's books were their inspiration. Right? We offer no theories to the contrary. However, we will note, for what it's worth, that the girls' dad, Charlie Sheen, trashed a room at the Plaza Hotel last October, where he also had a naked woman (reportedly a porn star) hiding in the closet. Denise Richards was staying down the hall.
The suite Sheen trashed? It was, of course, The Eloise Suite. (If you're interested, rates start at $1100/night, and one of the included amenities is a disposable Eloise camera "so that guests may snap photos of their stay.")
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On another note, this isn't the first celeb baby of 2011 to bear the name Joni. Zac Brown also chose the name for his daughter, Joni Mason Brown.
What do you think of Eloise Joni? What are your favorite names inspired by children's books? Did you use a name from a children's book?