Grimes confirms she and Elon Musk have named their newborn baby X Æ A-12 and reveals its meaning – including the inspiration from mythical elves and a CIA spy plane from the 1960s
- Grimes took to Twitter Tuesday evening to explain the meaning of her son XÆ A-12’s name
- She claimed each character in the name represented something special to her and partner Elon Musk
- Grimes and Musk have not revealed how to pronounce XÆ A-12
- It’s unclear whether the couple will legally be able to register their son’s name, as California law only allows names to include letters of the English alphabet
Gimes has confirmed that she and partner Elon Musk have named their newborn son X Æ A-12.
The 32-year-old singer, who gave birth Monday, took to Twitter to explain that each of the characters in the baby’s bizarre name represents something special to the couple.
‘X [represents] the unknown variable,’ Grimes wrote, referring to the first letter of X Æ A-12’s name.
She then went on to explain that the next symbol in her son’s name was inspired by fantastical elves.
Gimes has confirmed that she and partner Elon Musk have named their newborn son X Æ A-12. The couple are pictured in May 2018
Musk, 48, announced the birth of X Æ A-12 on Tuesday, sharing a photo of himself holding the newborn baby boy
Grimes took to Twitter Tuesday evening to explain that each of the symbols in the baby’s bizarre name represents something special to the couple
‘Æ is the the Elven spelling of of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence),’ she stated.
The final symbol in the name, Grimes explained, is a reference the A-12 aircraft built for the CIA in the 1960s.
‘A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent,’ the star stated.
She also added that A additionally stands for ‘Archangel’, ‘her favorite song’.
Grimes then ended her odd tweet by sharing emojis of crossed swords and a mouse – writing ‘Metal rat’.
Grimes – whose real name is Claire Boucher – did not reveal how to pronounce her son’s unusual name.
It’s believed the baby was born in Los Angeles where the couple reside. However, California law only allows names to include the 26 letters of the English alphabet, meaning X Æ A-12 would not be legally permissible.
Musk, 48, announced the birth of X Æ A-12 on Tuesday.
He shared a photo of himself holding the newborn in his arms, and wrote: ‘Mom and baby all good’.
He later shared a photo that showed the baby boy lying in a crib. Musk photoshopped tattoos onto his face.
Elon Musk, 48, shares first pictures of his sixth son hours after singer Grimes, 32, gave birth – with a quirky tattoo filter added to the newborn’s face
The Lockheed A-12 was a reconnaissance aircraft built for the CIA. Grimes has revealed her son’s name was partially inspired by the jet
Musk has five sons from his previous marriage to Canadian author Justine Wilson.
Those children – Griffin, Xavier, Kai, Saxon and Damian – all have much more common names.
The Tesla CEO, who has a reported net worth of $37 billion, began dating Grimes in 2018 after they met at that year’s Met Gala.
The Candian singer said in February that she wants to let her baby choose their own gender identity.
After the couple announced the birth of X Æ A-12, many Twitter users sent out tweets poking fun of the unusual name.
‘That’s going to be tough on the teacher,’ one joked.
‘It’s pronounced ‘Rachel”, another deadpanned.
Meanwhile another wrote about X Æ A-12’s name: ‘That awkward moment when all names are taken, so you smash all the keys on the keyboard.’
Grimes in January publicly revealed the news with a social media shot of a baby bump