'Avengers' Superhero Chris Hemsworth Stays 'Down to Earth' With New Baby Name

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Chris HemsworthWhat a month it's been for Chris Hemsworth! The actor who plays Thor, the sexy superhero who comes down from planet Asgard to kick some serious butt on Earth, has seen his new movie The Avengers kick some serious butt at the box office. And now his wife, actress Elsa Pataky, has made him a new dad!

Rumor had it Pataky delivered the couple's first child late last week, but confirmation came from dad himself this weekend. Hemsworth, who'd previously stated he didn't care what gender his baby-to-be would be, admitted the baby was a little girl. And now for the real news. You know you want to know the baby's name!

Hemsworth and Pataky kept it simple: India Hemsworth. Aww! We even got the reasoning behind the name. Said dad: 

It was just a name we liked, I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy and she liked India. We sorta went, 'Oh well, whether it's a boy or girl, that will decide.' It just seemed to fit.

I can't help noticing that the monikers the couple picked for either gender follow the "place" theme for baby naming. One's a state, the other a country, but they both work perfectly for babies. If you're stumped for a place to start -- no pun intended -- when you're trying to give your kid a name, you could do worse than pulling out an almanac.

It gets easier the more specific you get. There are thousands of worthy city names (Rio, Savannah, Sydney, Brooklyn, etc.). But the couple proves you can find something sweet in the states or the country realm too.

Of course, they're far from the first celebrity couple to go that route. Bronx Mowgli anyone? But having just seen The Avengers, I can't help noting the irony that Hemsworth plays a superhero from space who just gave his daughter a particularly earthly name!

What is your favorite "place" name for a baby? Is it city, state, country, or perhaps a landmark?


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nonmember avatar India

Well I'm rather fond of that name. As its the same as mine:o) it seems to be growing in popularity now though. But my 7 years olds name is Asia and even though I didn't keep it going for my sons I really like Memphis and Pheonix for boys.

Maias... MaiasMommy619

Love it..esp since I am Indian..lol

slw123 slw123

I like it.  We don't have any names that are the names of places, but I really like Savannah for our daughter.  My husband wasn't having any part of it, said it sounds like a stripper or porn star.

Melis... Melissa1508

I like it!  Been trying to think of a name for my baby girl, so that one may go on the list.  :)

nonmember avatar A

"India" makes me think of that black chick singer India.Arie.

MomLi... MomLily67

My mom had pupils named Francia and Argentina ( maybe their place of conception?? ) . And I know a girls named Africa and America.

Felly... FellyScarlett

Love it. But let's hope she doesn't end up like India Wilkes ;)

Krist... KristinRox

I like Sydney... only because my 1.5 year old nieces name is Sydney. She makes me love it. 

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