By Lisa Milbrand
November 07, 2014

Two celebrity couples are thinking pink this week. Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan, a film producer, welcomed their second child together, a girl with the given name of Avri Roel. And actors Hayden Christensen (best known, at least in my family, as Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars prequel trilogy) and Rachel Bilson (currently in Hart of Dixie) welcomed their first daughter, and gave her a fairy-tale name. Literally. They named their daughter Briar Rose, as in the nickname for Sleeping Beauty.

Avri is a creative spelling of the popular Avery, and shares its fun meaning—ruler of the elves. The couple announced that Roel was chosen to honor family members: Ro in honor of Robert Downey Jr.'s father, Robert and stepmother, and his wife's mother, El in honor of his mother Elsie and his wife Susan's father.

Briar means thorny brambles, and has never been a top 1000 name, while Rose is a classic floral name that's become a current favorite in the middle spot. While it's definitely not as weird as something like Moxie Crimefighter, it's definitely an offbeat celebrity choice.

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Image: Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey by Jaguar PS /


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