– Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
“X, the unknown variable ⚔️,” Grimes wrote in a tweet detailing her son’s name. “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).” Grimesand “Aye-eye,” just as the two letters A and I sound individually (though
There’s a lot to unpack there, but essentially, Elon and Grimes seem to have combined many of their loves and interests – along with a nod to 2020 being the year of the Metal Rat according to Chinese zodiac – into the most unique name we’ve ever seen. However, as of May 25, it appears thatsince that tweet was first posted. In the comments of an Instagram post, Grimes addressed a few followers who asked about her son’s name, sharing that one of his middle names, A-12, has been tweaked to A-Xii. “Roman numerals. Looks better tbh,” Grimes wrote.
When Elon and Grimes first announced X’s name, the question was,? One baby-name expert said probably not, and even with the tweak to eliminate the numbers in the name, it may still be problematic in the eyes of state laws.
“X Æ A-12 isn’t likely to pass legal muster,” Laura Wattenberg told Slate. “California, like many states, defines names as consisting of letters – specifically the 26 letters of the English alphabet. In fact, there has been a battle in California over even making diacritics like accents and tildes a legal part of a name. . . [Government databases] will strip out punctuation and internal capitalization, substitute AE for Æ and reject numeric characters. So X Æ A-12 would become Xaea. . . If – and it’s a big if – this is their real name choice, it’s in a whole different class than other celebrity baby names that people object to on the basis of style.”
Although it’s still unclear exactly how to pronounce X’s full name – and we are completely unsure as to whether or not we’re being trolled – our congratulations go out to the couple on their new addition, who looks extremely cute all swaddled up in his first photo with his dad.