We’ll always remember the day X Æ A-12 came into our lives.
Tesla’s Elon Musk announced the name Tuesday as the one he and girlfriend Grimes (real name: Claire Boucher) had chosen for their newborn son. It was one of several messages Musk shared about his familyand given in response to a direct question on the subject.
We need the name we literally need it https://t.co/ZnhOxf3vfn— Colombiana (@priscillabanana) May 5, 2020
X Æ A-12 Musk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
He also reassured fans that Grimes and baby were “all good,” and he shared two photos of his son.
The internet quickly took Musk’s baby name answer and ran with it making X Æ A-12 one of the top Twitter trends shortly after it was revealed.
X Æ A-12 playing with his classmates at school pic.twitter.com/VeNGOQDizv— Manila Clams (@ab609x) May 5, 2020
the doctor walking into Grimes’ delivery room as she gives birth to X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/sRHZFv2XOx— jake faris (@fake_jaris) May 5, 2020
I get that Elon Musk and Grimes were trying to be eDgY and shocking with their baby name, but imagine how much more shocking it would be if they named their baby "jeff"— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) May 5, 2020
Users on a Reddit thread and elsewhere surmised that X is related to Musk’s brand or even the Bible. They guessed the new baby will be called Ash, because that’s the name of the symbol Æ in Old English. Grimes actually had a song titled “4ÆM” on her 2020 Miss Anthropocene album, and someone suggested the track was a dedication, “for Ash Musk.”
Others theorized that the A-12 part of the moniker could be a stand-in for Archangel, the CIA’s internal codename for the A-12 aircraft. Musk liked someone’s guess that Archangel was involved.
Grimes and Musk attempted to explain further, although a pronunciation still wasn’t clear.
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 🍓🐉🎀 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent 🤍
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️🐁 metal rat)
SR-71, but yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2020
I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, damnit. That was meant to be profound 🦔— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 🍓🐉🎀 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
I think it sounds like the name of the main character in the story 🪐 I hope he vibes with that.— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 🍓🐉🎀 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
Ok, going back into the pain/ beauty reverie for sum time, just came on to add my thoughts. Peace to all 🤍-🐉🐷🐁
Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to representatives for both Musk and Grimes for clarification. The newborn’s moniker may be in limbo as it’s against California law to include symbols or numerals in a name, as noted in the Birth Registration Handbook issued by the state’s department of health.
If, in fact, X Æ A-12 is actually the little guy’s name, it’s taking unusual celebrity baby monikers to a whole other level. Uniquely named celebrity children such as Jason Lee’s son Pilot Inspektor, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, and Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden’s baby girl Raddix have got nothing on baby Musk.
The tot is the tech entrepreneur and Grimes’s first together, after the two got together in early 2018. Musk has five teenage sons — Xavier; Griffin; Damian; Saxon; and Kai — from his marriage to author Justine Wilson.
The story was originally published May 5, 2020.
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