Elon Musk names his baby X Æ A-12
Elon Musk revealed that his sixth son's name is X Æ A-12 Musk. Is he for real?
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Elon Musk and Grimes welcomed their first child into the world on Monday (May 4), and promptly sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Musk revealed that they had welcomed a boy, aptly born on Star Wars Day, and that "mom & baby [are] all good." Obviously fans wanted more juicy bits, and Musk certainly was not in a mood to spoil the fun and even potentially revealed the baby's name.
Even though this is not surprising coming from a rocket building billionaire who thinks the American Govt is facist for enforcing lockdowns and an eccentric wife who is an experimental artist. Reports speculate that the name has a little reference to one of Grime's recent songs for the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077, titled "4ÆM," whether intentionally or not.
While many are struggling to figure out how to pronounce the potential name (myself included), the Tesla CEO shared an adorable pic of him and his new son, as well as one with an inked-up filter. "Never too young for some ink haha," Musk replied to another fan.
Grimes has yet to comment on the news, but she's been pretty open about sharing her experiences of pregnancy since she announced it earlier this year. In February, the Canadian singer spoke about her child's gender identity on Twitter, explaining to fans that she will support them deciding their own "fate and identity."
If the name X Æ A-12 is accurate, there are several different possible pronunciations.
You could just say it phonetically, meaning his name would literally be "X A-E A-twelve." It sounds more like the model number of a robot prototype than the name of a human child, which definitely wouldn't be out of character for the couple. However, the name likely has a deeper meaning than expected.
Musk liked a tweet speculating that X Æ A-12 was pronounced "X Ash Archangel." Æ is a Latin ligature of the letters "a" and "e" that is still used in some languages today, but in early English, it translates to "ash." A-12 could refer to a specific type of aircraft, the Lockheed A-12, which had the internal code name of "Archangel."
Musk's fascination with anything automotive and aviation-related. Plus, "Archangel" bears a striking resemblance to the title of Grimes' 2015 album Art Angels, which would give the name a special meaning for her as well.
The X could literally mean anything — the Roman numeral for ten, a nod to Tesla's Model X vehicle, or even as one Twitter user speculated, Genesis, which is also the name of a Grimes song.
It could be all of the above, or Musk and Grimes just thought X was a cool letter to start a name.
The news has sparked a frenzy on the internet.