Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes announced that they have changed the unusual name of their firstborn baby as it had contradicted with California state laws.
So, this news has been quite a ride for a casual Thursday morning. First things first, let me tell you more about why the baby’s name is known to be ‘unusual’.
Buckle up, people, as it’s time to delve into the wonderful world of Elon Musk and Grimes.
So, as you probably know by now, tech bigwig Elon Musk and pop star Grimes welcomed their first child earlier this month. This led to a lot of crazes all over social media. This was one of the most trending topics.
But things immediately took a weird turn when Elon Musk casually revealed his newborn son’s name. Do you want to know what was so weird about this name?
The name was – X Æ A – 12 Musk.
This gave rise to many trolls and memes all over Social media. Mostly because people were confused as to how the name is pronounced.
The confusion was ramped up even further when Grimes followed up with a tweet of her own, explaining the meaning behind the unique name.
The tweet read:-
• X, the unknown variable
• Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love or Artificial intelligence)
• A-12, a precursor to SR-71.(our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but nonviolent.
However, the big question still remains –
How do you pronounce it?
In an Instagram comment, Grimes said it was “just X, like the letter X” followed by the letters A and I.
There was no mention of where the A-12 part got to, but one step at a time maybe.
But it seemed that Grimes and Elon couldn’t really agree with each other on this particular matter.
Later, Elon told Joe Rogan that it was pronounced “just X, like the letter X. And then the Æ is pronounced as ash.”
Again, not sure where the A-12 bit comes into play, but I guess we should figure out the first name before we go on.
Anyway, with pronunciation still up in the air, Grimes and Elon was about to run into another problem – according to a supervisor at the Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles, it is against California law for symbols and numbers to be used in a name.
But fear not! Baby Musk still has his unique moniker, just now with a little added extra to get around the law. In response to an Instagram comment that asked if the couple had changed the name, Grimes revealed it is now X Æ A-Xii.
To this, she added, “Roman numerals. Looks better tbh”.
However, it looks like Grimes and Elon might run into yet another Californian law problem because apparently Roman numerals aren’t allowed either.
A family law attorney previously told a magazine: “In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name. Thus, you can’t have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts, or other symbols or emojis in your name. Although an apostrophe, for a name like ‘O’Connor’, is acceptable”.
So, another name change could be on the way soon!