When Elon Musk and the musician known as Grimes —aka baby momma Grime- shared the happy news of their baby boy, the world congratulated them. But once Elon revealed that his sons name was X Æ A-12 Musk, there was no shortage of thoughts:
We need the name we literally need it https://t.co/ZnhOxf3vfn
— Colombiana (@priscillabanana) May 5, 2020
At first we all assumed it was a joke until his partner Grimes shared the actual meaning behind the name and that it was indeed real.
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•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)
— ꧁ ༒ Gℜiꪔ⃕es ༒꧂ 🍓🐉🎀 小仙女 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
That’s when things went off the rails with memes, jokes, etc:
this is how to pronounce X Æ A-12 btw pic.twitter.com/yZbOtmEC5K
— CoffeeMaestro (@coffeemaestro_) May 6, 2020
Did u name ur son metal rat
— Dolan Dark (@DolanDark) May 6, 2020
Chuck e cheese animatronic robots wondering how to spell X Æ A-12 name in his birthday party pic.twitter.com/f7EEgRRZNO
— 𝚃 𝚓𝚞𝚒𝚗Æ 𝙰- 𝟷𝟸 (@majiddave) May 6, 2020
Your kid’s name must contain at least one lowercase letter, one capital letter and one number.
— jesuisG (@jesuisvalery1) May 5, 2020
— fifty shades of j (@questionltd) May 5, 2020
Grimes putting X Æ A-12 to sleep pic.twitter.com/repsM9ZZje
— TinaValentina (@TinaDuckbill) May 7, 2020
After all the jokes were exhausted CNNCNN did some digging and discovered that the name might no be accepted in California where the couple live. Names can only use the 26 alphabetical characters of the English language, according to the state constitution.