Elon Musk and Grimes’ Baby’s Name X Æ A-12 Is Illegal and Invalid: Here’s Why

Fans were stunned when Tesla CEO Elon Musk and alternative pop-techno musician Grimes struck up a romance. The pair could not be more different. However, for whatever reason, their romance seemed to work. Still, the entertainment world was abuzz when Grimes announced that she was pregnant with Musk’s child.

After announcing her pregnancy, Grimes got candid about some of the emotional and physical things she was experiencing. “For a girl, it’s sacrificing your body and your freedom,” she told Rolling Stone. “It’s a pretty crazy sacrifice and only half of the population has to do it. It was really profound to me when I decided I was going to do it, to actually go through the act of — like, y’know, unprotected sex. I’m just like, I have sacrificed my power in this moment.”

Now, the pair have welcomed a baby boy named, X Æ A-12. Not only is the little one’s name extremely unconventional, but it might also be illegal.

Inside the meaning of baby X Æ A-12’s name

When Musk announced X Æ A-12’s name, the world literally stopped in confusion,. The Tesla CEO announced on Twitter the Grimes and the little one were doing well. When a Twitter user asked the proud dad for the name he responded, X Æ A-12 Musk. As expected, many people thought the billionaire was joking, but he was not.

Since then, fans have been trying to unpack the pronunciation of the baby’s name and its meaning. After digging into some clues, one fan replied to Musk asking, “X Ash Archangel?” Though the father of six did not respond, he did like the tweet which gave us some clues.

X is a variable, Æ is an a-e ligature named Ash, and A-12 is a CIA aircraft named Archangel.

This is how you pronounce X Æ A-12

Though Musk has seemingly revealed the baby’s name is X Æ A-12, there are many variations of how the name could be interpreted. Some options are Variable Ai Archangel Musk, Ecks Ai Archangel Musk, Ecks Ash Archangel Mus or Variable Ash Archangel Musk.

Honestly, we should have seen this coming. Back in 2018, Grimes declared she was changing her name to ‘c’. “i’m legally changing my name from claire to ‘c’ , as in the speed of light,” she tweeted. “{lowercase and italics } ___ this will be much better.”

The name X Æ A-12 might be illegal

We’re used to celebrities giving their children eccentric names, but X Æ A-12 might actually be an illegal name in the state of California. A supervisor at the Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles explained to TMZ that in the state of California a legal name for a human being cannot include numbers or symbols.

“In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name,” attorney David Glass told People. “Thus, you can’t have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts or other symbols or emojis. Although an apostrophe, for a name like ‘O’Connor,’ is acceptable.”

Perhaps Musk and Grimes will give us a little peek at X Æ A-12’s birth certificate.