Grimes, Elon Musk’s partner, shared a new photo on Instagram over the weekend, along with the caption: “We have spilled too much blood and not enough wine”.
Her followers took to the comment section to enquire about the baby’s name. One netizen asked whether they call him X or Ash, and Grimes replied that “he has many names”.
Another user, known only as @therealsainti, asked of the baby’s name was changed “because of Californian laws”. Grimes replied that his name is now X Æ A-Xii.
The change to X Æ A-Xii
Grimes didn’t specifically mention that the name change was to comply with Californian law. In fact, she later replied to another fan that “roman numerals looks better”.
However, a Californian attorney told People Magazine that Californian law could prevent Musk and Grimes from calling newborn son X Æ A-12. David Glass explained:
“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. Although an apostrophe, for a name like ‘O’Connor,’ is acceptable”.
He added that the couple would have “an opportunity to appeal the rejection of the birth certificate application but it’s unlikely that it will be granted because, again, California […] has been struggling with using symbols.”
Glass was quick to add that using numerals isn’t illegal, it “just won’t be accepted”.
Why X Æ A-12?
Grimes earlier explained on Instagram that X is the unknown variable, while Æ is her spelling for AI, which could refer to both ‘love’ and ‘artificial intelligence’.
She added that the [Lockheed] A-12 is the precursor to SR-71, the couple’s “favourite aircraft” because it has “no weapons, no defences, just speed”. Grimes initially said SR-17, which was a type. Still, she added:
“Great in battle, but non-violent.”
The A is also in reference to her Archangel, her favourite song by Burial. Elon Musk later confirmed on Joe Rogan’s podcast that the A12 was his contribution because it’s the “coolest plane ever”.
Before Elon Musk and Grimes confirmed the pronunciation, the internet was filled with rumours, from the ligature, Æ referring to Ash and Sasha, to the Lockheed aircraft.
One netizen said “it’s pronounced Musk because the X Æ A-12 is silent”, while others thought it to be “like Xavier”? It would have been a plausible explanation, but Musk already has a son named Xavier.