If you’ve been following along on Elon Musk and Grimes’ winding baby naming journey, then you’ll know that the name they originally chose for their infant didn’t stick around. X Æ A-12 is what they first named their baby, but it turned out that the, um, unusual moniker didn’t quite comply with California law. So, in their quest to find a legal baby name, they settled on X for the birth certificate— even though they call him X Æ A-12 in real life or “Little X” for short.
To make matters even more confusing, we just discovered their son’s interesting middle name is AE A-XII, according to a birth certificate obtained by TMZ.
X Æ A-12’s first words https://t.co/jda7FBUAPI
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The singer and CEO of SpaceX clearly wanted to go with a futuristic name and found a way to allow their initial idea to work. Basically, all they did was separate the X from the rest of his name because the law prohibits anything but the 26 letters of the English alphabet from being used as a first name. A middle name, however, doesn’t have the same requirements, which is why they were able to keep AE A-XII.
We may not be able to pronounce this middle name, but at least his first name, X, and last name, Musk, are pretty easy?
X Æ A-12 when he’s online shopping: pic.twitter.com/MnbPNqciPw
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“It’s just X, like the letter X,” Grimes tweeted when people first asked her how to pronounce the name. “Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I.”
Still, why add the dash and the Latin Æ? This would’ve made things super complicated for teachers calling attendance every day. Anyway, for now we’ll stick with calling Musk and Grimes’ baby “Little X” — until we know how to pronounce his full name. And, you know, unless X’s parents change their minds. Again.