Elon Musk And Grimes Forced To Change Baby’s Name — X Æ A-12 Deemed An Illegal Name

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Elon Musk and Grimes shocked the internet earlier this week when they announced that their new baby’s name was X Æ A-12. After some speculation, they’ve since shared the meaning behind the name, and its pronunciation.

However, TMZ is now reporting that the couple can’t actually give their child that name at all. The strange name apparently goes against California rules, so they may have to go back to the drawing board.

Elon Musk Can’t Name His Baby X Æ A-12

Although the parents can obviously call their baby X Æ A-12 informally, they reportedly can’t put it on his birth certificate. A supervisor at Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles shared the details with TMZ.

In California, a baby’s name may only include the 26 letters of the English alphabet. No numbers or symbols are allowed, with an apostrophe as an exception. This could disqualify X Æ A-12 as a legal name in the state, where the baby is believed to have been born.

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Family law attorney David Glass explained to People that if the couple put X Æ A-12 on their son’s birth certificate at the hospital, “it will be submitted and then rejected and they’ll be asked to submit it again.” They can appeal, but it’s “unlikely” to be granted.

The rejection of symbols and numbers isn’t technically a law, but it’s a rule in a handbook issued by the California Department of Public Health’s office of vital records. “I don’t think you can say it’s illegal — it just won’t be accepted,”Glass explained.

How Do You Pronounce X Æ A-12?

We finally know the meaning and pronunciation of X Æ A-12, thanks to Elon and Grimes clearing it up this week. First, Grimes tweeted the meaning of the name on Wednesday.

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The X represents the “unknown variable,” the Æ is apparently an “elven spelling” of AI, and A-12 represents the Archangel aircraft, the precursor to the SR-71. To most of us, that’s still pretty confusing. But at least it clears a few things up.

As for the pronunciation, Elon appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast this week to explain it. He said Grimes mostly came up with the name, sharing that the X is pronounced like the letter X, the Æ is pronounced “Ash,” and the A-12 is, well, A-12. Mashable breaks it down as, “X-ash-A-twelve.”

Maybe they’ll just call him Ash and save everyone a lot of trouble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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