Brett Young often shares pictures of his two adorable daughters — Presley Elizabeth and Rowan Marie — but he recently explained that his wife gets all the credit for selecting their unique names. Young and his wife, Taylor Mills Young, welcomed Presley in October 2019 and Rowan in July 2021.
The “You Didn’t” country artist said he loves both of their names, and although he wishes he “had a better story than, my wife is awesome and I let her decide,” he admits, “that’s pretty much what it comes down to.” Young revealed that, contrary to popular belief, Presley’s name wasn’t inspired by the legendary Elvis Presley. “It has nothing to do with that.” He explained in a statement shared by his record label:
“I love their names. I wish I had a better story than, my wife is awesome and I let her decide. But that’s pretty much what it comes down to. Everybody thinks that Presley is an Elvis thing, and my wife grew up in Seattle and couldn’t tell you one Elvis song. It has nothing to do with that. She just loved that name. And, if I’m being completely honest, I wanted to go with a family name. My great grandpa was Charles, my dad‘s middle name is Charles, my middle name is Charles, and I wanted to go with Charlie. And I fought really hard for Charlie with the first girl, and my wife just wasn’t feelin’ it, and she picked Presley and she was right. The second Presley was born she looked like a Presley. I knew she was right. With the second baby I remembered very clearly how I felt when I knew there was no way I was gonna get a say in naming the first child. So, I stayed out of it with the second one, and she ended up picking up my favorite in the list that we were considering. So, I feel like I kind of one because I learned how to play the game with Rowan. But we loved it and it was a family name, and it was my favorite, so I shut up about it and she ended up picking it. And so, it was a fun win there.”
Young has previously admitted that he always thought he wanted to have a son, explaining that he was inspired by his relationship with his own father. But once Presley was born, “I immediately changed my mind… I was supposed to be a girl dad. I’m in love with it.” See some of the cutest photos of Young with his family here.