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The Meaning Behind Robert Downey Jr.’s Baby Name

11/05/2014 at 08:00 PM ET

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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.

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Robert Downey Jr. Welcomes Daughter Avri Roel

11/05/2014 at 02:50 AM ET

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Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, have welcomed a daughter in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.

The new dad announced his baby girl’s arrival in a post on his Facebook Wednesday.

“Yep … Avri Roel Downey joined the party @ 3:22 a.m. on November 4th … 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,’ ” he writes.

The actor also joked his photo collection has already grown in size — and he doesn’t have plans of stopping anytime soon.

“After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project. Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me … I’m 30, this has gotta stop,’ ” he adds. “I’ll post pics here + there when I’m not too busy staring…”

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Robert Downey, Jr. Jokes: This Pregnancy Has Been ‘Extraordinarily Tough’ on Me

10/31/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Though Robert Downey, Jr. was the one being celebrated for his body of work by the British film and television community based in Los Angeles, The Judge star made a point to pay a loving tribute to his pregnant wife and soon-to-be-born daughter.

“It’s going to be a good date night,” Downey, 49, told PEOPLE as he and his very expectant wife and film producing partner Susan, 40, arrived at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday, where he was receiving the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. The actor was in high spirits squiring his wife down the red carper, and was looking forward to the imminent birth of their daughter (the Downeys are already parents to son Exton, 2½, and Downey is father to 21-year-old son Indio from a previous marriage).

“It’s just the uncertainty of how nowadays you have all these things where you think you have much more of an understanding of what you’re going to get,” said Downey. “And then this little soul lets herself be known to you, and it’s just like: you don’t know anything. It’s great!”

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She’s Got the Glow! Robert Downey Jr.’s Wife Shows Off Her Bump

09/05/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Double the debuts!

While joining her husband Robert Downey Jr. for the premiere of his new movie, The Judge, at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday, Susan did a little showing off of her own.

The mom-to-be debuted her baby belly — she and the actor are expecting a daughter — in an embellished black sheath dress, which she paired with matching earrings and see-through stilettos.

In between belly rubs, Downey, 49, stopped to give his leading lady a smooch as they walked the press line.

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Baby Girl on the Way for Robert Downey Jr.

07/09/2014 at 05:00 PM ET

Robert Downey Jr. Expecting DaughterStefanie Keenan/Getty

Third time’s the charm for Robert Downey Jr.

He and wife Susan are expecting a daughter this fall, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday.

“Yo. Susan. Me. Baby. Girl. November. Scorpio?” the actor, 49, wrote. PEOPLE confirms the happy news.

The Avengers star and his producer wife, 40, are already parents to son Exton Elias, 2½. Downey is also dad to 20-year-old son Indio (who was arrested for cocaine possession last week) from his previous marriage.

The Tweet is a departure from Downey’s last pregnancy reveal, when he accidentally blurted out Exton’s sex during an appearance on The Tonight Showlater joking, “I think actually it’s been tougher on me. Just the hormones and the moods and stuff and the nausea, and the whole thing.”
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