Earlier this week, singer Grimes and Tesla CEO Elon Musk welcomed a baby boy into the world, and ever since, the internet hasn’t stopped talking about his very interesting, very unique name. At first, many of Musk’s followers thought he was joking when he announced via Twitter that their son’s name is X Æ A-12. But alas, it’s true.
Yep! Grimes took to Twitter herself to confirm the baby’s name and to explain the sentimental meaning behind it. And as it turns out, the different parts of the name all match up to some of the couple’s favorite things. “‘X’ stands for the “unknowable variable,” Grimes explained. “Æ” is her “elven spelling” of love and/or artificial intelligence, and “A-12” is the pair’s favorite aircraft that’s known internally as “Archangel.”
•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
If you’re still confused after Grimes’ explanation and would like to know how exactly one would pronounce X Æ A-12, you’re in luck. Some savvy Twitter users determined that the correct pronunciation of the baby’s name is either “Ash Archangel” or “Sasha Archangel.” Who would’ve thought?
For those asking, Grimes and Elon Musk's new child X Æ A-12 Musk is pronounced X Ash Archangel Musk. pic.twitter.com/vwhmm4Z0yS
— ムジタバアジム (@mujtaba_azim) May 5, 2020
Prior to Grimes’ explanation, though, people in the Twitterverse were confused. And the name announcement actually inspired some pretty funny tweets with people speculating how their son’s name might actually be pronounced. See?
X Æ A-12 is pronounced by poppin’ your knuckles
— ken™ (@fleetbottle) May 5, 2020
you’re gunna sit here and tell me that we were supposed to know that X Æ A-12 is pronounced sasha archangel…… pic.twitter.com/GZfhdIO4Ou
— Sarah Salama 🌷🌙 (@_sarahsals) May 6, 2020
X Æ A-12 is pronounced by throwing rocks in a blender and turning it on
— ˗ ˏˋchloˊˎ ˗ (@loveangelb4by) May 6, 2020
Whatever the case may be, welcome to the world X Æ A-12!
Featured Image: Instagram (@grimes)