Robert Downey Jr announces birth of baby girl on Facebook

Iron Man actor chooses unusual name for his third child, based on grandparents' names

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Robert Downey Jr has announced the birth of his baby girl. The Iron Man actor’s wife Susan Levin gave birth to his third child earlier this week. The dad-of-3 might be a Hollywood blockbuster actor, but he still announced his baby’s birth the way most of us do – on Facebook!

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“After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project,” Robert posted on Facebook. “Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me…I’m 30, this has gotta stop.'”

Robert has revealed her name is Avri Roel. The unique name is pronounced Ay-Vree and is an English variant of the name Avery and means ‘a noble and wise ruler’.

Avri’s middle name is believed to come from her grandparents’ names. The first 2 letters of Roel are for the star’s father, Robert Downey Sr., and his wife Rosemary. They’re also a tribute Susan’s mum, Rosie. The last 2 letters are for the actor’s mother Elsie and Susan’s father, Eliot Levin, according to People magazine.

The name is certainly as unusual as the couple’s 2-year-old son’s name Exton and Indio, Robert’s 21-year-old son from a previous marriage.

“Yep…Avri Roel Downey joined the party @ 3:22 a.m. on November 4th…she’s 7lbs even, spans 20 inches, and is accompanied by a variety of Susan’s traits that have seemingly overwritten my ‘junk DNA.’ I’ll post pics here + there when I’m not too busy staring…” he finished.

Congratulations both! What do you think of Avri’s unusual name?

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