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.