Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth, and his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, welcomed their first child on May 11, and have named their daughter India Rose. India Hemsworth was born in London.
Chris began his career in 2002, and in 2004 became a regular cast member on soap opera Home and Away. He won the Logie for Most Popular New Talent in 2005. He left Home and Away in 2007, and went to the United States for more career opportunities. Within six weeks he had scored his first movie role, and in 2009 appeared in three different films. The following year he won the Australians in Film Breakthrough Award, and won Male Star of Tomorrow at the CinemaCon Awards. He has starred in Thor, and his film The Avengers has just been released, being named the highest-grossing weekend box-office movie ever. His older brother Liam and his younger brother Luke are also actors.
Elsa is a Spanish actress who has worked in both film and television since 1997. As well as Spanish, she is fluent in English, Romanian, Italian and French, and her work is known in Spain, France, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom. She appeared in Snakes on a Plane, and the fifth movie in the Fast and the Furious series. She is the face of Time Force’s jewellery line.
Chris and Elsa began dating early in 2010, and were married during the Christmas holidays in December that year. Elsa has said that she and Chris would like a big family, and she plans to speak to her daughter only in Spanish.
UPDATE: Chris Hemsworth has revealed that the couple had chosen Indie or Indiana for a boy’s name, and Elsa liked India for a girl.
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I like the name India, even if it is a bit controversial.
Oh is it? I think it’s considered pretty ordinary here.
India has been used since the 18th-century in the States, its not as common as it is in the UK and Australia these days.
I have seen a few people comment on baby name boards that usage of the name India may be misconstrued as racist. I personally don’t think so.
I wonder why just India, when there are many babies with place names for names eg Ireland, London, Paris, Boston, Jamaica etc.
In fact, many names in the U.S. top 1000 between the 1880s and the Teens were different place name. Arizona and Tennessee, Alabama & Bama seemed pretty ordinary for girls way back then. Also, Arabia was a perfectly ordinary female name in Byzantine Rome. Place names seem to have been used since the beginning of name history.
As for the controversy, I suppose some people feel that one who has no connection with the country shouldn’t use the name. Most Ireland’s I have met are at least of Irish ancestry, London is used quite often by people of English ancestry. I met a little Sweden from Minnesota, she is 100% Swedish and her parents were looking for a cool way to honour her roots. I must admit, I quite liked it. That said, I completely agree with you. I think India is beautiful. I personally don’t see the big deal or offense.