November 05, 2014 08:00 PM

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Since Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, welcomed daughter Avri Roel on Tuesday, they’ve been showered with congratulations — and some questions about her unique name.

It’s pronounced Ay-Vree (think Avery without the extra vowel). There’s no special family history behind the first name, although the couple’s son Exton Elias, 2½, and Indio, his 21-year-old son from a previous marriage, also have memorable monikers.

But there’s a bit of a tale behind Avri’s middle name, Roel, which is derived from her grandparents’ names.

The first two letters of Roel are for The Judge and Ironman star’s father, Robert Downey Sr., and his wife Rosemary. They also are a shoutout to producer Susan’s mom, Rosie. The last two letters are for the actor’s mother Elsie and Susan’s father, Eliot Levin.

One thing’s for certain: The proud dad is thrilled to welcome his baby girl to the family. “Avri Roel Downey joined the party @3:22 a.m.,” he posted Wednesday on Facebook.

“She’s 7 lbs even, spans 20 inches, and is accompanied by a variety of Susan’s traits that have seemingly overwritten my ‘junk DNA.'”

— Elizabeth Leonard


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