Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky name their twin boys: Tristan & Sasha…!


As we discussed last Friday, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky checked into an LA hospital late Thursday, and Elsa gave birth to twin boys. TMZ actually got the birth date wrong though – according to Elsa, the babies were born on March 18, which was a week ago exactly. And now Elsa is announcing their names: India Rose Hemsworth now has two little brothers named Tristan and Sasha Hemsworth.

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky welcomed twin boys last week, and now the mother of three has revealed the names of their baby boys: Tristan and Sasha. Writing in her native Spanish, the actress posted a picture of the brothers’ feet on Instagram and told her followers, “They are already home. Tristan and Sasha arrived in this world 18 March just after the full moon. Complete happiness!!”

In a Tuesday blog post for Spanish Glamour, Pataky advised readers to savor each moment with their children. “Enjoy every second with your baby because it is the most wonderful thing of the world,” she wrote.

The newborns join big sister India, who was born in May 2012. The celebrity couple announced news of their second pregnancy in November and confirmed that they were expecting twins in January.

It’s not yet known why the Thor actor, 30, or the Fast & Furious 6 actress, 37, chose the boy’s names. As for their firstborn daughter? “It was just a name we like. I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy and she like India,” Hemsworth once told E! News. “We sorta went, ‘Oh, well, whether it’s a boy or a girl that will decide.’ It just seemed to fit.” Hemsworth also told E! News in June 2013 that fatherhood has changed him “for the better.” According to the Aussie, “It puts things into perspective.”

[From E! News]

You can see Elsa’s Glamour blog thing here – it’s in Spanish, but there are lots of cute photos of the nursery, if you’re into that. As for the names… Tristan always reminds me of Legends of the Fall and Brad Pitt. I guess “Tris Hemsworth” is kind of cute though. Sasha is… a very popular name these days. Andrea Casiraghi and his wife named their son Sasha. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber named their son Sasha too. Plus, it’s the nickname of one of the Obama daughters (her real name is Natasha). Isn’t “Sasha” the popular nickname for Alexander, especially in Russia? Why not just name the kid Alexander and call him Sasha?


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  1. lower-case deb says:

    for the longest time i thought Zsa Zsa Gabor was written Sasha Gabor 🙂
    but that’s only because in my country she’s all over the tv but not in print media.

  2. dahlianoir says:

    babies feet are my kriptonite ! so cuteeeeeeeeeeee nom nom nom !

    • Lovething says:

      For me its babies legs. So short and fleshy that they have curious creases, yummy.

    • Ag says:

      I know! Ate t baby feet THE freaking cures thing that exists?! Haha

      Cute names. 🙂

    • lenje says:

      Me too! My sister has a friend whose feet remain baby-ish, she turned me into a foot fetish, but only for hers! (And I’m straight LOL)

  3. Loopy says:

    To me ‘Sasha’ has always sounded extremely feminine. But good for them for not doing the ridiculous hollywood names.

    • Devon says:

      I’ve always thought Sasha was very masculine! My old hairdresser back home, her daughter named her daughter Sasha and her son Quinn. To me, she got the names backwards. It’s very interesting how people can view names so differently!

      • MonicaQ says:

        Kind of like my struggle with “Peyton” vs. “Payton”. One’s a boy’s, one’s a girls (in my mind) but the amount of kids that are tweens and teens that that is not the case for is insane.

        (Note: A lot of them are from Indiana, Tennessee, or Louisiana. I wonder why…/sarcasm)

      • Loopy says:

        Quinn for a girl? Only ever met males ‘Quinns’

      • FLORC says:

        Quinn is popular for both genders. Has been for ages.

      • Vanessa says:

        Sasha sounds feminine and Quin sounds masculine to me. I guess it’s all based on past associations.

    • Erinn says:

      Mmm, I have a female Sasha a few feet away from me in the office. And there are a tonnnnn of female dogs named Sasha around here. It HAS to be one of the more popular names for pups.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I find it feminine as well, but then I know two Sasha’s and they’re both female. I guess it’s one of those unisex names like Robin or Leslie.

    • Tatjana says:

      Saša and Vanja are one of the rare names that can be male and female in my country, but both sound feminine to me.

      I like Sasha, Tristan not so much.

    • Pinky says:

      Me too. For me is feminine because I think of Sasha Pivovarova and Sasha Luss.

    • Godwina says:

      Not me. Worldwide, names ending in -a aren’t feminine-specific. Attila the Hun, anyone? Maybe I’ve read of/heard of/met too many men from Russia, Turkey, Scandinavia, Italy…

      Sasha is just another name appropriated by girl-babies’ parents in North America; see also Lindsey, Lesley, Ashley, Beverley, Mallory, Sidney, etc. It may seem “feminine” to some, but it’s all an il-LOOO-zuhn. 🙂

      And finally–“feminine” isn’t a demotion where I’m from, and good on parents for not giving a shit about that kind of thinking. Binaries suck.

    • Mingy says:

      My name is Sasha, I always get “isn’t that a guy’s name?”.
      Anyway, I love the name Tristan!

    • Lisa says:

      My son is named Sasha. Part of the reason was because my best friends are from Poland and although I figured that naming my kid Jacek would be tough for many in Asia to pronounce, I knew that Sasha would go down ok. Its not such a common name here and its a name that I am sure will travel well coz we are expats, plus I wanted a unisex name. Why would you bother naming a kid Alexander if you didn’t like that name? All for the pet name? Makes no sense to me. Its like naming your kid Jehovah coz you like the pet name “Jay”. I would much rather my kid be named Sasha than Alexander. Sasha is a boys name in Russia and eastern europe, its only in places like England and America that folks started using it as a girls name and then assumed that is the only application for the name.

  4. T.Fanty says:

    I kind of love Tristan.

    I assume the “confidential” in Lady reMora’s instagram moniker is ironic.

    Wow – that instagram is one step up from having Dreft sponsor your baby’s birth. Place those products, Elsa!

    • j.eyre says:

      I love Tristan too. I like Sasha as well. I am kind of blinded by those baby toes. I need to nibble me some baby toes as well you know.

      ETA: “I assume the “confidential” in Lady reMora’s instagram moniker is ironic.” – brava, m’dear. I am surprised Lady reMora didn’t name one of them Duncan… or Fiege.

    • Isadora says:

      Tristan is great! Love it! Very Wagneresque…

      And Sasha is okay, too. However personally I would prefer Alexander as the “real” name and Sasha as a nickname.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Me too. Then at least the kids have a choice when they grow up and may or may not want to be professional. When we named our kids, we went through all of the possible abbreviations for the names, and went with the longer versions.

      • Sixer says:

        My mother hates all the diminutives of her name, which, of course, other people ALWAYS use. So I got a very short name with no diminutives. Like I ever get called by my name! What’s the opposite of diminutive? Augmentive? I am many augmentives.

        Anyway. I like the “real” names, too. I also like Tristan. Although Tristan doesn’t remind me of Brad Pitt; it reminds me of, well, Tristan. The proper Tristan.

      • T.Fanty says:

        I think of Tristan Shandy. Tristan Shandy Hemsworth would have been brilliant.

        I hate diminutives of my name, too, and in America so many people automatically do it, regardless of whether they’ve been invited to or not. I loathe it.

      • Sixer says:

        That would have been the bestestestest thing ever!

        The Sixlets have Irish names – Mr Sixer is of Irish stock and, well, I just like Irish names. Thankfully, they both seem to be called by their names, no nicknames or diminutives, by most people.

        We have intra-family nicknames but that’s really just part and parcel of the general mockery that goes on at Sixer Towers rather than anything meaningful, you know? I’m known as Flash because I’m the last to answer a ringing phone or doorbell.

      • AG-UK says:

        @Sixer I agree I don’t like the nicknames, that’s why I named my son a short name. LIke Harry for Henry please same amount of letters.

      • Nighty says:

        Thank God mine is not possible to abvreviate.. I’ve always been called by my name … no augmentatives either… or nicknames.. just my name….
        I like both Tristan and Sasha…when I read it my first thoght was “Tristan and Isolda”….

      • Lady D says:

        My name has 3 variations, and I constantly get asked which one I prefer. I personally don’t care which is used but others sure seem to.

    • Tatjana says:

      I really don’t like it. But Sasha is very cute.

  5. A says:

    Yeah, Sasha will always sound like a nickname to me. It seems that people these days will just straight up name their kids the nickname-sounding version, though.

    • Chrissy says:

      This! To me Sasha is a nickname for Alexander or Alexandra. But
      I like it just the same. Tristan’s cute too!

    • HadleyB says:

      I prefer it, why bother with a big name knowing you will end up calling your kid a nickname?

      I don’t get the nickname already picked out before they are born. To me a nickname comes naturally. If you know you will call your kid a shorter version or something completely different than the actual name — just use that name!

      I named my kid James Alexander Raylin St James only I call him Ray. Well, name him Ray!

      • j.eyre says:

        I kind of agree with you here. It seems like many people name a child so they can use a certain nickname.

        I do understand the point above about full names allowing the child to find its identity later but I always felt the purpose of a nickname was to compliment a personality and therefore could not be determined ahead of time.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      I like both names (I’m sure they must have been looking through my list of preferred baby names and stole them from me!).

      Sasha isn’t always just a nickname. I have a friend who is Macedonian and his name is a traditional masculine name for that region. I am the one that changed it to Sashio (as in Fabio, the most beautiful man in the cosmos!).

      I’ve also known people whose names have not suited them (probably because they were given very old fashioned names after dead relatives etc) so their nicknames were nothing affiliated with their actual names. The nicknames suited them as they were able to match it to their personalities.

  6. m says:

    Andrea Casiraghis son is actually named Alexandre, Sasha is just a nickname.
    The names aren’t my taste (then again, the only boy names I actually like are Christian and Henry) but they are definitely some of the best celeb baby names. Different and interesting without being stupid or embarrassing.

    • Malificent says:

      My son’s name is Christian! It’s a family name — but it always stuck in my head whenever I’d see it used — so I was happy that it has meaning for me and is also a name I liked.

  7. Juliette says:

    Brad in Legends of the Fall was my first celebrity movie crush. Between the majestic scenery and the beautiful blond Brad, I was smitten with that film and for years and years dreamed of having a cabin out in Montana.

    Elsa maybe felt the same? If you squint, Chris looks like a younger Brad.

    • Madpoe says:

      Agreed. I hear the name Tristan, my mind goes straight to Brad in Legends of the Fall. Loved him in that!

  8. Jenna says:

    Mehhh…I guess I’d chose Tristan over Sasha. Cute crib, but the nursery is kind of bleh.

  9. BW says:

    Tristan reminds me of All Creatures Great and Small. I had a crush on Peter Davison back then. Still do, actually.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Oh, me too.

    • RobN says:

      Me, too. I think we’re dating ourselves.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      My All Creatures Great and Small books are still my favorites and I read them every year. Tristan is my favorite character (and was perfectly played by Peter Davison on the TV series). I started buying the ACGAS series on DVD years ago, then realized how many there were to collect, so now I only have series 1 and 2. Might be something I investigate for downloading these days.

      Speak of ACGAS, my vet has a signed pic of James Herriot and Christopher Timothy hung up in their waiting room. Its adorable that the TV version of Herriot is as coveted as the real man!

  10. Talie says:

    Russian names are very hot right now.

    Even Kate Middleton was rumored to have favored Alexander, but it was supposedly shot down.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      His name is George Alexander Louis, so she got her way, at least for a middle name.

  11. aquarius64 says:

    Wow Elsa couldn’t wait to pimp those twins out, couldn’t she? Nursery pics, the whole shebang? She waited a week so I give her credit for some restraint. But watch for the well baby visit to the pediatrician to be papped. Elsa could give Kim Kardashian a run for her money when it comes to fame wh0ring.

    • Morgan says:

      See, I don’t agree. Writing a blog for Spanish Glamour is hardly as famewhoring as a Kardashian. Elsa gets pap’d but she’s not out on the Hollywood Mommy circuit and blogging for People’s Celebrity Babies or anything. Plus, baby feet are a cute and anonymous introduction.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        Not yet.

        I am surprised we didn’t see the pictures of the boys on Hola yet.

        Time will tell.

  12. Birdie says:

    Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts actually named their son Alexander and call him Sasha.

  13. MisJes says:

    My boyfriend’s name is Tristan, and I’ve always completely adored it – it’s beautifully ancient, yet still unique enough to stand out.

  14. Cupcake says:

    The names are not my style but I guess they are OK names.

    • Tatjana says:

      At least they are somewhat “normal”. I like Sasha, don’t really like Tristan and India, but the names seem so mismatched. Nothing goes with nothing.

      Are Tristan,Sasha or India names popular in Spain? She’s Spanish, she could have chucked a Spanish name in there.

      • Nighty says:

        nope, not popular in Spain… In Spain popular names are Javier, Enrique, and others of the sort… Sasha is Russian, Tristan is ancient, India.. enfin…

      • Siddhi says:

        I gotta add that I know at least 10 guys named Tristan and I’m Spanish living in Spain. They’re all Spanish. Not common, but it does happen, and the guys are all well into their 30s so it’s nothing new.

  15. Dawn says:

    Well congrats to them and they picked really nice names in my opinion! I am sure they will be cute as they can be!

  16. Miss M says:

    I was just talking with my friends yesterday how much I really dislike the name Sasha… D*mn, Remora!

    ps: Congrats to the couple!

  17. don't kill me i'm french says:

    Thanks they’ve not a ridiculous name and again congrats!

  18. pru says:

    I like both of these names. Not crazy Hollywood names, which I can appreciate.
    The bit about how they named India is funny to me. I assumed she was named for the country, but it sounds more like they named her after Indiana Jones.

  19. Jaderu says:

    Dawwww. Never been big on the Hemsworths but I do like both Tristan and Sasha names. I think both names go great with the last name.
    And I lurrrrrve baby toes.

  20. Meredith says:

    My first major crush was named Sasha when I was in middle school. He was a recent Russian immigrant and a bad boy, having failed 8th grade and getting suspended all the time for fighting. My dad said he looked like Vladimir Putin so all this crazy Putin stuff going on plus now this article is making me feel like the universe is putting him in my head again lol.

    In other news, its so weird that Hemsworth is a father of 3 now…He just seems so young. At least those kids dont have to worry about a crazy Aunt Miley.

  21. ZsaZsa says:

    Ahhhh how cute! Congrats again to Elsa and Chris as well as big sister India. I love both names but niece shares Sasha’s name lol

  22. Leah says:

    Congrats to the whole family!

  23. The Original Mia says:

    Baby feet! So adorable! I like the names.

  24. itsetsyou says:

    Elsa is one smart woman – she got herself a good family man who is hot and successful! Didn’t she date another couple of famous guys? Adrian Brody, I think.

  25. P.J. says:

    “Why not just name the kid Alexander and call him Sasha?”

    HUH?? Why on earth would you give a child a totally different name that you’re not crazy about-or even considering at all-only because you want to call them by one of its nicknames? *strange*

    As an aside, I was at my local library yesterday and noticed that someone had donated an old issue of Hello! magazine featuring Elsa and Adrian Brody on the cover. (Remember when they were a thing?!) It was EPIC 😄 It was something like 24 pages of nothing but them, their “love” and the CASTLE that he bought for her. Sigh. Even though I don’t speak a work of Spanish, I must say that all of the photos were gorgeous (Elsa with a long mane of hair is a sight to behold all on its own), the property is completely breathtaking (I wonder if she still owns it?) and all of their adorable fatm animals & dogsmade me jealous!

    Girl must have some kind of good game…

    • huh says:

      …or good box..

    • itsetsyou says:

      I doubt she actually owned that castle. Most likely he bought it for them, presented it to her like a gift, but it was never hers per se.
      I agree that she must have some kind of magic when it comes to men 😉

  26. Jen34 says:

    Her blog is like one big advertisement. I assume those products were gratis .

    i like the names., though. They will age well.

  27. Lesley says:

    Ooooh, I’m totally biased here. I love the name Tristan ! I loved it so much that I named my son Tristan. I had one of those epiphany moments when I heard it (yeah, it was Legends of the Fall) and I went home to my mum after the movie and told her that I was naming my son Tristan. And I did…… 10 years later ! It was hilarious when my aunt phoned me a few years ago and told me she’d just watched Legends of the Fall and the main characters name is Tristan and that I really ought to watch the movie. I had a good giggle. I also love the name Sasha mainly because of the Alexander ‘connection’. My husband didn’t like it at all so I wasn’t allowed both my choices 🙁

    One’s of my sons friends at school’s name is Indya (yip, spelt that way) so today’s post about the Hemworth’s made me smile. Plus I’ve always hated my name because it is unisex and people always spell it incorrectly. Ugh !

    But congrats to them and their sweet little boys 😉

  28. Pumpkin Pie says:

    Great names!!!

    • Jennifer says:

      My daughters name is Indiah and she is 16
      now . There are so many these days and it was an uncommon name back then. Pat Rafter, the tennis player, named his daughter India and 92 were registered in New South Wales alone that year. A soap opera Neighbours then had a baby named India on for a while.

  29. Green Is Good says:

    Regarding the main photo: I love Chris Hemsworth’s tuxedo. Very smart. Nice to see the men bringing the fashion to the red carpet. Elsa is really attractive. Damn, the only place she looks preggo is her belly! Talk about good genes.

  30. Delta Juliet says:

    OK, that picture of baby feet made my heart skip a beat.

  31. Viv says:

    I like the name Tristan.

    For a nickname, I’d immediately call him “Sash” (no to Sasha, sounds like feminine name.)

  32. JLo says:

    I like the choice of names that are a little different but not Hollywood-stupid. I’m curious why an Australian and Spaniard would give their child a popular Russian name?

    • theNood says:

      My mother’s favourite movie was Doctor Zhivago hence my sister’s middle name is Lara and my 2 brothers are Sasha and Serge. My mum was Australian and dad was Croatian/German so people always assume dad chose the names but it was mum’s choice.

  33. Vl says:

    Tristan and Sasha sounds like a dynamic duo of hipster hairdressers with jazzy hands.

  34. Tulip says:

    Well, English speaking countries turned Andrea into a feminine name, while it comes from the greek “Andros”= male, and in Italy it is esclusively a male name, although after popular movies and tv shows there have been some female Andrea in Italy, too.

    I love the name Tristan, and I associate Sasha to the male abbreviation of Aleksander in Russian, so it’s all good for me.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I visited Italy with a friend named female friend named Andrea and there was confusion everywhere we went.

  35. Alin says:

    names don´t stop with borders.
    I know 3 male Saschas (2 german, 1 british) and 2 Tristans (1 german, 1 USamerican).

    I love russian nicknames, because as foreigner you mostly fail to “connect” them: Sas(c)ha for Alexander 😉
    A very good friend of mine is named Dmitri, his russian family and friends call him Mitja and his brother Wassja (from Vasili). That sounds so cute.

  36. Bodhi says:

    My name is Alexandra & I’ve been called Sasha since birth. My dad is Alexander & my folks didn’t want two Alexs in the house. Its a really popular name, but it wasn’t in the South in the 80s. I got a bunch of grief from ignorant yahoos growing up about it

  37. Hissyfit says:

    Cute names! Can’t wait to see the babies!

  38. Tristan says:

    One of those boys is definitely impeccably-named. I love Sasha, though I’d love to hear why they chose it. I’m on the bench where I like a name (I.e. Charlie for a girl) and try to find a “base” name that it makes sense to derive Charlie from (Charlotte). BUT, that’s just the way my brain works and Alexander & Sasha are so far apart in sound that I can see why they may not have wanted to go that route if they just liked Sasha.

    Squeeee baby feet!
    -The girl version

  39. jammypants says:

    So glad they got normal names. I love the names of all their kids.

  40. valiantgirl says:

    Actually Naomi Watts and Liev Schrieber’ s sons’ s name is Alexander they just call him Sasha as a nickname

  41. Illyra says:

    Love both of those names.