Updated on Jun 10, 2020. Posted on May 26, 2020

    Grimes And Elon Musk Changed Their Baby's Name Because It Was Against Californian Law, But The New Name Might Be Illegal Too

    "Roman numerals. Looks better tbh."

    OK, this is quite a ride for a Tuesday morning, but we're going to get through this together one step at a time. Buckle up, people, it's time to delve into the wonderful world of Grimes and Elon Musk...

    Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

    So, as you probably know by now, tech bigwig Elon Musk and ~experimental pop star~ Grimes welcomed their first child earlier this month. Hurrah!

    Elon Musk holds his newborn baby in a picture he posted on Twitter.

    But things immediately took a turn when Elon casually revealed his newborn son's name — X Æ A-12 Musk.

    A picture of Elon Musk's newborn with a face tattoo filter that Musk posted on Twitter

    The confusion was ramped up even further when Grimes followed up with a tweet of her own, explaining the meaning behind the unique name.

    •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)

    Responding to further questioning, Grimes added: "I think it sounds like the name of the main character in the story. I hope he vibes with that."

    @mascdonna @MlSSANDREAG I think it sounds like the name of the main character in the story 🪐 I hope he vibes with that. Ok, going back into the pain/ beauty reverie for sum time, just came on to add my thoughts. Peace to all 🤍-🐉🐷🐁

    Of course, Elon added his two cents, but only to tell Grimes that she had in fact made an error in her original tweet and the aircraft was actually an SR-71, not an SR-17.

    @elonmusk I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, damnit. That was meant to be profound 🦔

    However, the big question still remained — how do you pronounce it? In an Instagram comment, Grimes said it was "just X, like the letter X" followed by the letters A and I.

    But it seemed that Grimes and Elon couldn't quite agree on this particular matter, with Elon later telling Joe Rogan that it was pronounced "just X, like the letter X. And then the Æ is pronounced ash."

    youtube.com

    Again, not sure where the A-12 bit comes into play, but I guess we should figure out the first name before we move on.

    Anyway, with pronunciation still up in the air, Grimes and Elon were about to run into another problem — according to a supervisor at the Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles, it is against California law for symbols and numbers to be used in a name.

    But fear not! Baby Musk still has his unique moniker, just now with a little added extra to get around ~the law~. In response to an Instagram comment that asked if the couple had changed the name, Grimes revealed it is now X Æ A-Xii.

    "Roman numerals," she added. "Looks better tbh."

    However, it looks like Grimes and Elon might run into yet another Californian law problem because apparently Roman numerals aren't allowed either!

    ABC

    A family law attorney previously told People: "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."

    So, another name change could be on the way soon!

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

    Got a confidential tip? Submit it here