On this page, you can find out just about everything you’d ever want to know about the Jolie-Pitt kids, including Maddox, Pax, and Zahara’s birth names, fun facts and trivia about each kid, where their names came from (if applicable) and much more!
Birthdate: August 5, 2001
Adoption Date: March 2002
Birth Name: Rath Vibol
Fun Facts and Trivia: The eldest of the Jolie-Pitt gang, Maddox has been described by his parents as being “mature”, “nurturing”, a “professional big brother”, and a “real intellectual”. He seems to exude a calm, almost zen-like quality, and seems to have adopted his parents’ stance when it comes to the paps: He may not like them, but has accepted that they’re part of his life and isn’t going to let them get to him too much. He also appears to be following in his parents’ footsteps when it comes to acting: He cameos as a zombie in his father’s hit film World War Z!
Birthdate: November 29, 2003
Adoption Date: March 2007
Birth Name: Pham Quang Sang
Behind His Name: Shortly after Pax was adopted, Angie revealed that her late mother Marcheline picked his name. Marcheline gave Angie and Brad a list of names she recommended when they were expecting Shiloh, and Pax was one of them. His middle name, Thien, is Vietnamese. Specifically, it is Vietnamese for “sky”, while Pax means “peace”, so Pax’s name means “peaceful sky”.
Fun Facts and Trivia: Pax’s personality, according to his mother, is pretty much the exact opposite of his older brother’s! Angelina has described her middle son as being very wild and getting into trouble often. But at the same time, she is quick to point out that underneath that wild, rambunctious exterior is a pussy-cat like heart and that Pax is a good kid. Seemingly uncomfortable around the paps, he is often seen carrying a purple stuffed monkey when out and about!
Birthdate: January 8, 2005
Adoption Date: July 2005
Birth Name: Teena Adam
Nickname: Z, Zee Zee
Fun Facts and Trivia: Zahara may be only eight years old, but she has already been through perhaps more challenges in her life than all of her siblings combined! In stark contrast to the apparently very healthy girl she is today, Zahara was a very sick little baby when she was adopted at the tender age of six months. Severely underweight, dehydrated, malnourished and suffering from salmonella poisoning, she required hospitalization shortly after being brought to her new home in the U.S. …and according to the doctor that treated her, almost certainly would have died before her first birthday had it not been for Angelina. Today, luckily, all that is behind the gorgeous little girl whom Angie has described as being very maternal with her siblings. She also appears to be an animal-lover (she’s been seen minding the family’s bulldog, Jacques, and, according to her mother, takes horseback riding lessons) and quite the fashionista!
Birthdate: May 27, 2006
BirthPlace: Swakopmund, Namibia
Behind Her Name: In early 2008, Angelina revealed the inspiration behind Shiloh’s first name. Shiloh Baptist was the name Angie’s parents (Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight) intended to give their first child. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be, as Marcheline ended up miscarrying that baby. Angelina, however, loved the name and has even used it as an assumed name when staying at hotels. So it was only fitting that she and Brad chose the name Shiloh for their second daughter. Shiloh’s middle name, Nouvel, is thought to be in honor of architect Jean Nouvel, a favorite of Brad’s.
Trivia and Fun Facts: Angelina has described Shiloh (along with her older brother Pax) as being the J-P child most like her personality-wise- and it shows! A daredevil tomboy (Angie has jokingly said that Shiloh and Pax are “payback” for what she put her own mother through!), Shiloh doesn’t seem to care too much about what others think of her. And she is taking after her mother in one other, very important way as well: According to her father, she is deeply affected by Angie’s humanitarian work and wants to get out there and help people. Sounds like there may be another UNHCR goodwill ambassador in the J-P family in a few years!
Birthdate: July 12, 2008
BirthPlace: Nice, France
Behind His Name: Knox was the middle name of Brad’s maternal grandfather, Hal Knox Hillhouse. Leon was apparently a name Angie and Brad just liked. “It’s a strong French name,” Brad has commented.
Trivia and Fun Facts: Like his big brothers, Knox appears to be very much a mama’s boy, often holding Angie’s hand and sticking close to her on outings. Perhaps that’s because he has the same personality as another male that likes to stick close to Angie: his father, Brad (Angie has described her youngest son as being the most like her fiancé personality-wise)! His style of dress is also very much like his father’s, and they even appear to share the same affinity for sunglasses!
Birthdate: July 12, 2008
BirthPlace: Nice, France
Nickname: Viv, Vivi
Behind Her Name: Vivienne was a name that “just came to” Angie and Brad early in the pregnancy according to Brad. Marcheline is obviously a tribute to Angie’s late mother, Marcheline Bertrand. In addition, Vivienne means “live” or “alive”, so her full name quite literally means “Live Marcheline” (Angie’s mother combinded her given names of Marcia and Lynne to make Marcheline, so Marcheline has no specific meaning).
Fun Facts: Perhaps the most “girly” of the Jolie-Pitt sisters, Viv has (according to her mother) an affinity for all things pink…as well as for princesses. Fitting, then, that her first movie role is that of a princess. In her mother’s upcoming film Maleficent, she plays the child version of Princess Aurora (a.k.a., sleeping beauty). And when it comes to acting, the youngest Jolie-Pitt is “a natural” according to her proud parents! Will Maleficent mark the beginning of a long and successful career on the silver screen for Viv? Only time will tell!