Elon Musk and singer Grimes welcomed their offspring on Monday, May 4, 2020, but the world struggled at the newborn's name. Musk said it would be called "X Æ A-12," and it wasn't until Thursday, when the founder of Tesla and SpaceX appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience radio and video show , when he confirmed the pronunciation of his heir's name.
"How do you say his name?" Asked Rogan. "Is it a placeholder [a temporary name while being given a real name]?"
Musk said his son’s name is pronounced “X Ash A 12. So it's just X, the letter X, then the Æ is pronounced 'Ash'," Musk said.
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Musk replied, "First of all, my partner is the one who practically came up with the name," Musk said of Grimes. "That is, it is only X, the letter X, and the 'Æ' is pronounced 'Ash' [in Spanish, this grapheme is called aesc] and then, A-12 is my contribution." The manager said that A-12 meant "Arcangel 12, which is the predecessor to SR-71, the coolest aircraft in history."
His wife Grimes also tweeted how to pronounce the name. She mentioned that the A-12 part of their son’s name was based on the Archangel-12, the precursor to their favorite aircraft, the SR-71.
•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
The name may face some administrative issues in California. California’s Office of Vital Records only accepts names that contain 26 alphabetical letters, which means X Æ A-12 could be returned as invalid.