Christopher Reeve's daughter has named her baby after her late father.

Alexandra Reeve Givens and husband Garren Givens welcomed their son into the world on June 13 and ensured the memory of the 'Superman' actor - who died in 2004 aged 52, nine years after he was paralysed from the neck down in a horse riding accident - by calling the little baby Christopher Russel Reeve Givens.

The tot's middle name comes from his paternal grandfather.

A family spokesperson told People magazine: ''He was named after his grandfathers on each side, two very important role models for Garren and Alexandra.

''The entire family is thriving during their first few weeks home.''

As well as Alexandra, 31, Christopher and former partner Gae Exton also had a son Matthew, now 35, and he also had son William, 23, with late wife Dana Morosini.

William recently joined ESPN's SportsCenter team and admitted it was a special role for him because of the bond he shared with his dad over sports.

He said: ''My dad and I had a huge bond and shared a love of sports.''