How Elvis Presley Inspired His Great-Granddaughter’s Name

Riley Keough during an interview; circle inlay of her grandfather Elvis Presley

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Riley Keough, The Granddaughter Of Elvis Presley, Reveals Her Daughter’s Name After Welcoming Her In Secret

Elvis Presley only had one child, Lisa Marie. She went on to welcome four children of her own: Riley and Benjamin Keough, and twins Harper and Finley Lockwood.

Benjamin died in 2020 at the age of 27. His mother passed away just a few years later, on January 12, 2023.

The heirs of Elvis Presley - Lisa Marie with her four children
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As Lisa Marie’s only surviving adult child, Riley has taken on a lot. She is now the owner of Graceland and sole heir to her mother’s estate after a months-long legal dispute with her grandmother, Priscilla Presley.

All this occurred while Riley received lots of attention for her starring role in the series Daisy Jones & The Six. Riley plays Daisy, a singer in a fictional 1970s rock band whose members have tumultuous relationships.


Elvis Presley Fans Learn Riley Had A Daughter In 2022 – She Shared The News At Lisa Marie’s Memorial Service

On top of everything else, Riley became a first-time mother. She and her husband Ben Smith-Peterson welcomed a baby girl in August 2022.

But fans didn’t learn about Riley’s daughter until after Lisa Marie passed away. Ben read a note from Riley at Lisa Marie’s memorial service, which said:

I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters. Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity. I’m a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart.”


Riley and Ben did not share their daughter’s name at that time.

So What Is Elvis’ Great-Granddaughter Named?

While speaking with Vanity Fair for a recent cover story, Riley finally revealed her one-year-old daughter’s name…Tupelo Storm Smith-Petersen.

The name pays tribute to two members of Riley’s family. Tupelo is the city where Elvis was born in Mississippi. “Storm” honors Riley’s brother Benjamin, whose name was Benjamin Storm Keough.

It’s funny because we picked her name before the Elvis movie,” Keough said, speaking about the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis film. “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.’ But it’s fine.


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Riley Keough Welcomed Her Daughter Tupelo Via Surrogate Due To Her Battle With Lyme Disease

Riley also revealed that Tupelo was born via surrogate. They made this decision because Riley suffers from Lyme disease.

“I think it’s a very cool, selfless, and incredible act that these women do to help other people,” she said. “I can carry children, but it felt like the best choice for what I had going on physically with the autoimmune stuff.”

Learn more about Riley’s baby girl in the video below.