As far as ridiculous baby names go, celebrities really take the cake. Although not all celebs are guilty of picking a head-scratching moniker for their littles, many of them name their kids outlandishly like it’s their fucking job. From Moon Unit Zappa to Apple Martin, the spawn of the famous often suffer unusual names.
So when musician Grimes and tech Billionaire Elon Musk announced that they were expecting, it was almost guaranteed that they’d choose an unusual name. I mean it’s practically guaranteed that this guy:
…and this girl
Would bring some next-level fuckery to the birth certificate. However, they delivered beyond our wildest expectations.
According to their announcement on Twitter they named their baby… wait for it…
X Æ A-12
An explanation can be found in one of Grimes’ tweets as to what the name means:
•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 ༒꧂ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
Although it’s a far wilder name than expected, it definitely fit the brand of this super unlikely couple. Considering Musk’s fascination with AI and how we’re possibly living in a simulation, and Grimes’, well, everything, the name fits.
But the funniest part was the reactions from Twitter regarding the name they picked for their baby. Twitter reacted as Twitter does- hilariously!
Twitter Reacts to Elon Musk and Grimes’ Baby’s Name
Everyone in class? Sarah? – Yes .Micheal? -Yes
Sophia? – Yes . X̵̡̢͔̹̮͇̺̆̚a̶̧̻̟̪̯̗͖̯̰̹̞͙̥̘̓̌͊͜ē̸̢̧͈̬̺͕͖̮͈̣͙͍͚̂̾̇͜1̴̨̛̳͖̹͉̗̬̺͚̱̽͌͂̆̃̍̈́̀͜2̸̧̪̟͈̩̤͇̥̠̖̟͛̏̾̓̐͊̈̉̀̚͜ͅ? – Y̵̡̘̝̑͑̑e̸̞̊̈́s̸̭͔̣̒
— My back is hurting (@ErikR22) May 6, 2020
Elon Musk: And this is my new baby.
People: Aww. He’s so cute! What’s his name?
Elon Musk: *dial-up Internet sounds*
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) May 5, 2020
baby sitter: OH MY GOD THE BABY!!
elon musk: it’s ok he’s just vibin
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/Ud16O4zngT
— 🅱️en (@BenNoClout) May 6, 2020
5G towers were built so Grimes could download the baby
— hatti (@HattiRex) May 6, 2020
grimes: open wide! here comes the train!
X Æ A-12:
— charlie (@FAGINISM) May 5, 2020
— kane (@kaneswhsmith) May 7, 2020
X Æ A -12 sounds like the randomly generated wifi password they give you when you buy a router
— ellie schnitt (@holy_schnitt) May 5, 2020
the doctor walking into Grimes’ delivery room as she gives birth to X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/sRHZFv2XOx
— jake faris (@fake_jaris) May 5, 2020
elon: our baby is about to say his first words!
X Æ A-12 : pic.twitter.com/qzGbCv6ZUn
— Sive 1 (@sivemorten) May 5, 2020
Elon Musk and Grimes’s son in the nursery pic.twitter.com/1Bj9Nf9rPr
— Macks (@maxholcomb0) May 5, 2020
Elon and Grimes are actually really breaking the stigma around forced “normal” baby names. My wife and I are currently expecting our first and fully plan on naming it “😂.” All thanks to Elon and Grimes making us feel like that’s an okay option and we aren’t alone ❤️🙏.
— Lil Sasquatch (@lilsasquatch66) May 6, 2020
Elon Musk: Honey! I'm gonna take X Æ A-12 to the park!
Grimes: Don't forget the diaper bag!
Diaper bag: pic.twitter.com/IURwYwq5EO
— jamis (@jsqhermoso) May 7, 2020
— J'oe 🅱️ (@k93692) May 6, 2020
Musk has since made an appearance on Joe Rogan clearing up confusion regarding the pronunciation of the newborn’s name, claiming it is pronounced “X Ash Archangel”. Well, shit, why didn’t you just say that in the first place!
As to whether this name will be the official one appearing on the birth certificate- probably not. The state of California has a rule that you can only use letters from the English alphabet for a legal name as it appears on the certificate.
Either way, congrats to the new parents; here’s to many years of parenting bullshit and desperately confused teachers!