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Denise Richards' New Baby Name Chosen by Her Daughters

Denise Richards' New Baby Name Chosen by Her Daughters
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Whoah! Denise Richards has adopted a baby girl, and daughters Sam and Lola chose the name.

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.") 

(See more Celebrities Inspired by Children's Books.)

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?

--L.R.

Comments

June 29, 2011 8:43 PM
By Lane

I know a family who uses Lola as a nickname for Eloise...

June 29, 2011 8:46 PM
By Lane

...and my favorite kid's book inspired name is Harriet.

June 29, 2011 9:40 PM
By Manda (not verified)

Best name inspired by a children's book is Wendy, from Peter Pan of course.

June 29, 2011 9:48 PM
By Jennie

Being a Jennie I would have to say the best name from a children's book is Jennie (Higgelty Piggelty Pop). :)

June 29, 2011 10:21 PM
By Allison (not verified)

We named our daughter Annika after Pippi Longstocking's best friend. Her older sister suggested it. :)

June 30, 2011 10:49 AM
By elleireland (not verified)

Eloise IS a bit too much like Lola....but it's nice, and Ellie or Ella works as a nickname.

Best kid's name from a book would have to be almost every name from All of a Kind Family (Charlotte, Ella), Betsy and Tacy from the eponymous books, and of course, Lucy from Narnia.

For boys? Hmmmm....maybe not so many choices. Charles seems to come up a lot (Wrinkle in Time, Little House), but some of those old boy names are just too weird (Eustace, Digory, Edmund) or too plain (the Bobbsy Twins, the Hardy boys).

June 30, 2011 8:06 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

This is my 3 week old daughters name. I dislike it when people pronounce it Elle- Louise.

For us ts more like Eh-Loh- ees (the "s" half way between an 's" and a "z".

How would you pronounce it? And where do you come from?

June 30, 2011 9:52 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Alice from Alice in Wonderland!!!

July 3, 2011 10:14 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

It happens often, parents claiming their kids named their siblings. I think its so they dont take responsibility for any backlash. Bob Geldolf, Paula Yates, Jamie Oliver and wife (perhaps) are guilty of this. Seriously, who would let their kids have the final say? In this particular case Eloise is perfectly lovely and normal. (No pixie, peaches, buddy bear or tiger-lilly). I suspect its a name she has always liked and is hiding behind the kids because of the 'name of the hotel room' association. I mean how many of us have loved certain names for years?

I do not think lola and eloise sound too similar at all. They do sound like sisters though. This is more to do with the sound rather than style. I do find Lola a bit show girl and Eloise quaint and classy.

Other names to fit sound wise might be Cecilia, Luella, certainly not Sam. (I think she got short changed in the naming stakes).

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By Anonymous (not verified)

Who would let siblings name a baby? My grandmother, apparently. My mother remembers choosing her younger sister's name. No particular explanation, except that my grandmother didn't seem particularly interested in names. It was a frill, something other people could take care of, while she was doing the important stuff like giving birth. ;)

July 5, 2011 3:17 PM
By Joni (not verified)

Is my name making a kind of comeback? Back in the 70's my folks named me Joni after singer Joni Mitchell - who was born a Joan. I am "just" Joni. I have to say, that after a lifetime of knowing pretty much NO other people with my name, it's pretty strange seeing it used for other people's brand new babies!

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By Michelle (not verified)

Eloise is one of the better names inspired by a children's book. Good job on Sam and Lola! It was a risk having them "name" the baby, but it turned out well.

I had dolls named Anne and Emily, after L.M. Montgomery heroines. Madeline (from Madeline) and Isabel (from Babar) are names taken from my childhood reading that I would be happy to use now.

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If she really wanted to honor the adoptee, she should have kept her actual name – the name given to her by birth and not let a couple of children pick it out like this baby is their new pet. Often, the birth name is the only thing our birth mothers are allowed to give us.

She is the baby’s mother. She should name her whatever she likes and I think it’s great that the other children were part of the process. And what a cute name!

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