August 09, 2023

Celebrity

Riley Keough daughter name: Actress honoured two late family members

Riley Keough welcomed her first child with husband Ben Smith-Petersen via surrogate in August

By Jean Valjean August 09, 2023
Riley Keough daughter name: Actress honored two late family members
Riley Keough daughter name: Actress honored two late family members 

Riley Keough immortalized her long-standing family legacy via her daughter’s name.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the 34-year-old actress revealed she named her daughter in honour of her late grandfather Elvis Presley and her later brother Benjamin Keough.

"This is Tupelo," she introduced her daughter to the interviewer, as she shared the baby girl’s full name: Tupelo Storm Smith-Peterson.

Tupelo is the name of the Mississippi city where Elvis was born. "It’s funny because we picked her name before the Elvis movie," Keough explained. "I was like, ‘This is great because it’s not really a well-known word or name in relation to my family — it’s not like Memphis or something.'"

"Then when the Elvis movie came out, it was like, Tupelo this and Tupelo that. I was like, ‘Oh, no,’" the actress added. "But it’s fine."

Meanwhile, Tupelo’s middle name Storm is the same as Keough’s late brother, who committed suicide at the age of 27.

The Daisy Jones & the Six star also revealed she and husband Ben Smith-Petersen welcomed Tupelo via surrogate last August, taking their sweet time to unveil the news of her birth until January this year.

Explaining the couple’s decision to opt for surrogacy, Keough shared that though she could "carry children," it felt the "best choice for what I had going on physically with the autoimmune stuff," referring to having Lyme disease.