Elon Musk and singer Grimes have confirmed they need named their baby X Æ A-12.
The Space X CEO announced the birth of their son on Monday. “Mom & baby all good,” he said on Twitter.
He posted that the kid would be called X Æ A-12 Musk and his girlfriend later offered an evidence to her followers on social media.
The name X Æ A-12 has been trending on Twitter with many asking how the name are going to be pronounced.
X Æ A-12: Elon Musk and Grimes confirm baby name
What does the name mean?
When Musk, known to joke on Twitter, announced the name , many people questioned whether he was being serious.
However, Canadian singer Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, explained the name’s meaning to her fans
•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)
— ☘︎𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰࿎ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
Æ, a ligature of a and e known as ash, appeared in Latin and Old English but has mostly fallen out of use. However, in some languages such as Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic, Æ is classed as a letter.
The singer has used Æ before, naming a song on her latest album 4ÆM.
The A-12 is a Lockheed plane built for the CIA. It was known by designers during its development as Archangel.
It remains unclear how the name is pronounced. However, when someone on Twitter asked Musk whether it might be X Ash Archangel, Musk liked the comment, giving the most important clue on how it’d sound.
Is it legal?
It’s thought that Grimes may have born in California where certain names can’t be registered .
The rules there stipulate that no pictographs, ideograms and diacritical marks for instance è, ñ, ē, ç are often used when registering the birth. Names need to contains the 26 letters of the alphabet.
California is not the only place within the world with regulations on baby names.
In New Zealand, the name 4Real fell foul of authorities because names cannot start with variety .
A couple visited the supreme court in Sweden after tax officials deemed their child’s name Metallica “inappropriate” .
Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames got to win the approval of authorities before they will be used.
However, in 2014, three babies in Scotland were named M, R and T. Other names people have chosen, consistent with the National Records of Scotland, include Daiquiri and Spartacus.
Unusual names aren’t new. Census records during the 18th and 19th Centuries revealed people named King’s Judgement, Noble Fall and Cholera Plague.