Grimes confirms that she & Elon Musk really did name their baby X Æ A-12 Musk

Grimes and Elon Musk at the Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitin Museum of Art at the opening of 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' in New York City

Elon Musk announced the arrival of his baby with Grimes two nights ago. Elon got yet another son – his sixth son overall, his first child with Grimes. He posted photos of the baby (who is very cute) and answered questions from fans. He ended up claiming that he and Grimes named their child X Æ A-12 Musk. I… did not get too worked up about it because, honestly, I thought it was a joke? I thought it was a stunt name that they just “announced” and really they named their baby Harold Musk or something. Turns out, not so much. They really did name their baby X Æ A-12 Musk. Grimes explained:

X for the unknown variable, Æ for artificial intelligence, A-12 for their “favorite aircraft,” the Lockheed A-12, and the A is “archangel” for her favorite song, plus 12 is for the 12th Chinese Zodiac sign, the Year of the Rat. Okay, so they really did name the child this messy name. How is this sh-t pronounced though?

One person on Twitter appeared to guess the pronunciation correctly because the tech guru liked their tweet, which said, “X Ash Archangel?” The tweet also showed a screenshot of a Wikipedia page that explained Æ is a ligature named ash. The A-12 is thought to be in reference to the CIA aircraft Lockheed A-12, which was codenamed Archangel.

Another person speculated on Twitter that the name is Xavier, writing, “So I feel like a genius for breaking the code to Elon Musk and Grimes baby boys name. It’s Xavier. X-a, then 1 in mandarin is ‘yee’ and 2 is ‘er.’ Thank you for listening to me, a stable genius.” However, Musk already has a son named Xavier. He has five sons from his previous marriage to author Justine Wilson, including twins Xavier and Griffin, and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai.

[From Page Six]

Yeah, I think it’s X Ash Archangel. Are… are they going to call the kid “X” or “X Ash” or “Archangel”? Or maybe just “Ash”? Maybe Harold. Or EJ – Elon Jr.? XJ? X Junior? I have no idea. My brain hurts.

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  1. JanetDR says:

    I was hoping that they were just messing with us.

    • Keroppi says:

      I still can’t believe that that is real. They HAVE to be trolling us!

    • Emily says:

      I also thought Amy Schumer’s baby name was a joke too 🤷‍♀️

      But alas, these people think they are so unique and this name fits their vibe. I hope he’s home schooled because his teachers and classmates will be screwing up his name all day.

      • AppleTartin says:

        Amy confirmed on Howard Stern the name wasn’t a joke. They didn’t realize it would sound like Genital fissure. So they changed they baby’s middle name to David (after Dave Attel)

      • Sascha says:

        My son has an unusual name & as do his classmates. Twas the yr for unique names & what a relief from the Jen Jeff Jen Jeff thing I grew up w. MAGA minions always have insipid snark efforts when I say his name 3 x progressively slower. We have zero regrets & zero Fs. I’m on team uniqueName.

      • Ellie says:

        @Sascha my kid will have a unique name because I will pick an actual proper name, something few seem to do these days!

    • Keessie says:

      They probably are saying it is none of our business what he is called. The public expects something crazy, they deliver.

    • SpankFD says:

      Forgive the geekiness but I think they’re talking about the SR-71 Blackbird (an awesome plane) but she reversed the numbers (SR-17) in her explanation?

  2. Mina_Esq says:

    This is stupid. The kid will hate it, the kids will tease him, it will be hard to fill out electronic forms that require the kid’s name. They are not elves. The kid is not an unknown variable or an airplane. This is why we have laws in certain places that prohibit these types of shenanigans.

    • LaraK says:

      Kids won’t tease him because he will be richer than Croesus. He will probably just grow up to be as full of himself as his parents.

      All this tells me is that she is a wannabe at any costs, and that Elon is going though serious mental health issues.

    • Nicole says:

      I don’t know. My sister has a college athlete named ! and he loves it. The other athletes just call him X. I wish I were kidding.

    • Mexicalidesi says:

      I have a unique name (for England and the US, where I grew up) and hated it, other kids teased the crap out of me. Still don’t love it. Would not name my kid anything that would lead to (additional) teasing, children can be mean little bastards.

  3. Lisa says:

    Doing way too much.

  4. Jillian says:

    Two insufferable people, being insufferable together

    • kliving says:

      Came here to say exactly that. They think they are so witty and brilliant and different – but actually it’s just that they have more money than sense and are simply insufferable. Wish they would both just get over themselves. Poor kid.

    • minx says:

      Thank you. Nothing cool or edgy about it.

      • B says:

        Grimes tweeted part of the baby’s “name” wrong. Elon replied and corrected her saying it is SR-71, not SR-17 (which doesn’t exist) lol.

        She blamed it on being tired from giving birth and almost dying. Then she said “dammit, I was trying to be profound.” HA!

  5. Liz version 700 says:

    D + umb [precursor to idiot] x A$$es = saddling a baby with this mess – my favorite aircraft/flying monkeys! That poor kid 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

    • AnnaKist says:

      I was going for Melvin, but … Ladies and gentlemen, we have a WINNER!
      The guffaws just won’t stop. *breathe in… breathe out…* 😂😂😂

    • Mellie says:

      hahaha….best comment of the day!

    • Nonartistic Diane says:

      OMG, Thank you for this, Liz. I’m sure I looked crazy cackling at my phone in my car at the doctor’s office but oh well. Worth it. That was too funny!

  6. Erinn says:

    Ohhhhhhh noooo.

    I hope it’s Sascha or Xavier.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      I’m pretty sure that the kid’s first name is X. Æ and A-12 are just middle names. The spacing and explanation seem to point in that direction.

      • Erinn says:

        And I mean, X isn’t THE worst name, I guess. We knew a guy who’s first name was literally the letter J. Thought it was weird but never thought about it again after that, until now.

        X is definitely better than like Pilot Inspektor like Jason Lee’s kid.

    • VKES says:

      He already has a son named Xavier.

  7. Nopity Nope says:

    Imagine you are the county registrar and you have to find a way to enter this name into your systems for records purposes. Whew.

  8. Chica1971 says:

    Should be very interesting on the first day of school and on the playground.

  9. halcyon says:

    Sasha Arcangel

  10. Lightpurple says:

    That’s a beautiful boy, who unfortunately has idiots for parents. At some point, when he gets to boarding school, he’ll start calling himself “Joe” or “Bill.”

  11. Marysia says:

    That name beats Audio Scence.
    I never thought I’d say it…

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Yeah. It knocks off both Audio Science and Pilot Inspector as the most stupid baby names. I hate when parents do this to their children – and this one just takes the cake. I remember reading an article about people changing their names to silly things. This one guy had changed his name to Skrammer Sølvguitar (translated as Silverguitar). He had named his daughter Zithar Silverguitar/Sølvguitar – and she was like: “When I turn 18 I’m gonna change my names”.

      BTW, “Æ” is a letter in the Danish language. We have a few extra – æ, ø, å.

      • MrsClincy says:

        I actually have ‘one love’ tattooed on the back of my neck in elven/elvish and thats not how its spelled. My translation came straight from Tolkien.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Back in high school Middle English class I learned that that ae (don’t know how to type the real thing on my computer) was called a ‘schwah’ (sp?). So whenever we see an ‘ae’ in words now, it likely comes from some Middle English word.

      • DM2 says:

        Æ has a Latin origin, which made its way into Old English. Other languages, however, use it also. A schwa can be different images meaning different pronounciations, in different languages.
        This poor child.

    • Lady D says:

      I still think North belongs in the top ten stupidest names for children, although Apple deserves special mention.

  12. smcollins says:

    Huh….well alrighty then. The trend of using your kid to make yourself look so unique, clever and special even though you’re actually basic, self-absorbed and superficial has just jumped a notch.

  13. 10KTurtle says:

    From Wikipedia: The Office of Vital Records in California requires that names contain only the 26 alphabetical characters of the English language.

    Good luck either way, Baby Grimes-Musk.

    • Rae says:

      Lol, let’s see what they actually end up registering then.

      I am usually open minded about names, but they’re truly trolling the kid if they continue down their current path.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I think it’s going to be tough when he goes to school & starts to learn how to write & spell & etc. If they send him to school, that is.

    • Frida_K says:

      I still think that they should name the child Pungent.

      Pungent Grimes-Musk has such flair.

      (Not really, but hey)

  14. Natalee says:

    Maybe they’ll call the kid X Ash Archangel every day, but California only allows the 26 characters of the English alphabet on birth certificates.

  15. emmy says:

    I still hope they’re trolling us. This is the height of narcissism and at the same time, spectacularly dumb coming from two smart people. I sometimes wonder if at a certain point, a very high intelligence makes a turn and arrives back at dumb. In certain areas of life.

    • Rae says:

      I already feel sorry for the baby. Yes, it’ll be rich*, yes it will probably know others with slightly funky names, but this is extra level trolling.

      *dependent on how Musk’s business strategy holds up.

      • Xo says:

        Right? Such an egocentric move, if true.

        I’m guessing it’s a joke & they’ll keep the truth private.

  16. Martha says:

    Celebrities are terrible at coming up with baby names. They try too hard to come with something that leaves an impression and it usually ends up leaving a bad one.

  17. Léna says:

    How is that even allowed

  18. Godwina says:

    I can’t believe I used to like her, pre-Goblin.

  19. alexc says:

    Narcissistic D-bags. Sorry, you should care more about how difficult this will be for your kid and how he’ll be treated in the world instead of showing off how creatively supremely stupid you are.

    • Suz says:

      Exactly. This isn’t about a meaningful name for their child. It’s about grabbing headlines for ten seconds.

  20. Belli says:

    The court is already drafting the deed poll ready for when that poor child turns 18.

  21. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    Wwwwwwhat. This is dumb. I’m sorry. I know this is a child’s name and I should not say that but that is so dumb. They remind me of the kids in school who went goth because they read Edgar Allen Poe and now they are “dark outcasts” like no – you aren’t special, you aren’t outcasts, you’re both wealthy, white successful people who capitalize in people who think they’re being different and now you’ve named a child?? … what? Like what do you call them?? Omg.

  22. Allie says:

    Are they able to register a stupid name like that in the USA? In Germany they would not be able to because the state ist protecting an individual from moronic parents like that. Names have to make sense and must not be the cause for a child to potentially be mocked or anything. For example, you are not going to be successful registering Whisky, Gucci, Superman, Lenin, Satan, Judas and Frieden Mit Gott Allein Durch Jesus Christus (Peace by God alone and Jesus Christ).

    • ArtHistorian says:

      There’s a similar law in Denmark. But there will always be stupid people. One woman spent 7 years fighting to be able to legally spell her son’s name Christophpher! Because she wanted his name to be unique.

      • Léna says:

        Hahahaha how original to have an unpronounceable name right ugh! People are strange

  23. Isabel says:

    The rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac. Pig is 12th.

    • teehee says:

      Well I’m not sure how it fits in.

      Rat is 60, 72, 84, 96, 2008, 2020- and 2020 element is metal so metal rat is for the kid – what that has to do with the x beats me, unless shes symboling up on the use of symbols to say that the x is an unknown variable AND a symbol of two metal swords crossed or something.

      Naming a kid after an emoji and thinking its deep… ?

      Anyway if I have a daughter its name will be Lyanna Embers.

      • JulieCarr says:

        The Zodiac sign has nothing to do with the name, it was just an add on that her baby’s a metal rat. The 12 is for the plane, the A 12.

  24. Martha says:

    Reminds me of the Johnny Cash song a Boy Named Sue.

  25. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m getting future dickhead vibes.

  26. Harla says:

    I feel so bad for this poor child.

  27. Christa says:

    This name is pronounced “my parents are assholes”

  28. teehee says:

    Does anyone like these two? They are so up their own a****

  29. Case says:

    Well they certainly put a lot of thought into it…but he’s not an unknown variable or an aircraft or AI. He’s a sweet little baby. Ugh.

  30. MellyMel says:

    I really hoped they were joking with us. Well if not, I hope the baby goes by Ash. I really hate when ppl name their kids stupid names like this.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Grimes is pronouncing Æ “Ai,” not ash. It’s in her tweet. They really are into this name… X by itself isn’t so bad in my opinion.

    Ai is already a given name in Chinese & in Japanese, which is where she gets the meaning “love.” The kid will probably just be called X or Ai. I would rather be X or Ai than some of the bougie names out there, I’ll tell you that.

    • teehee says:

      So prolly pronounced Zaya

    • KL says:

      Saying “ai” means love in Chinese is like… actually, there is no equivalent. It’s a language that recycles a limited set of sounds where specific meaning is derived from pitch and context, not to mention written characters. “Ai” is also the sound for wormwort, cancer, vague agreement, suffering, “hey!”, etc and so on. And the Chinese surname Ai has no connection to the meaning of “love.”

      And Ai is not a given name or surname in Japanese, either. The sound can be added to suffixes to create a name — Aiko, Aine. But saying “ai” means love in Japanese is very Google translate — it’s a root word, but it rarely stands on its own, much like the naming tradition.

      • Arpeggi says:

        It’s in the realm of thinking you’re profound and master so many languages when, actually, you named your kid “Tiny BBQ”

  32. Quincytoo says:

    Soooo did they pick the name after the drug dealer arrived?
    Has that poor child been tested as well
    As it’s parents?
    That poor sweet babe
    Really hoping the round the clock nannies are employed with Grimy/Mysk being tested before trying to parent

  33. KellyRyan says:

    I’ll just comment on crazy Musk selling a useless car, the Tesla. My husband, Navy, mechanic, pilot agrees. More than one Tesla has been seen in parking lots, and on highways with an engine that sounds as if it will implode. He names his son, meeting another low expectation. :)

    • Nic919 says:

      Musk is the guy who spent time getting hurt feelings when his ridiculous solution to save the kids stuck in a cave in Thailand wasn’t used. He is way more hype than reality.

    • Keessie says:

      So. How does a parked car about to implode sound exactly? Just wondering.

  34. T says:

    Oh come ON! Really? If those symbols mean so much to you, get them embroidered on a pillow….don’t punish your newborn with rando c#*p put together that no one can pronounce or understand.

  35. Chimney says:

    These two but especially Grimes try so hard to be different and interesting but I’m just not buying that there’s anything of substance there. They are just two conventional people from very wealthy families doing the most conventional thing possible. When Grimes tried to sell her pregnancy as some kind of radical act my eyes nearly rolled away.

    Also Azealia Banks said that Grimes smells like pennies and I still firmly believe that

  36. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    Giving a kid a stunt name to create a trending moment for your narcissistic selves makes me really sad for that poor kid. Names can be changed, but maniacally self absorbed parents who treat children as branding props are therapy for a lifetime.

  37. Leah says:

    The kids are going to tease him about it because kids are mean like that.

    The name sounds like the model number for one of his dumb cars. Poor kid.

  38. jferber says:

    I couldn’t care less what they called their kid. He’ll be well protected by money. Just curious that no one mentioned the mother looks about 12 years old. Is that right? Who is she? Elon really is a dickhead, especially with his crap thoughts/non-charitable action about Covid-19. He’ll discard the mother in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 seconds. Hope he’s good about supporting his kids.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Being born in money doesn’t buy happiness or respect. Exhibit A is currently angrily eating fries while watching Fox somewhere in the White House

    • JulieCarr says:

      She’s 32 years old, and she’s a very highly regarded musician who’s music was at the top of all the best of the decade lists last year.

  39. TyrantDestroyed says:

    I don’t believe them. I think it’s part of keeping their child’s privacy. The child will have an official “unique” name and he might go by this celebrity nickname like his mom.

    • VKES says:

      they’re absolutely lying. You can’t use that name on a birth certificate in California.

  40. L4frimaire says:

    So they gave their baby a serial number instead of a noun for a name. How do you pronounce it? Are they going to call him X? Also, based on the twins and triplets, he even reproduces mathematically. Never a dull moment with the evil genius.

  41. Other Renee says:

    This has got to be on her because all his other kids have normal names. Remember when we thought Kimye gave their kids strange stupid names? They all sound so normal and tame in comparison.

  42. detritus says:

    I named my first hamster something like that when I was 11.

  43. Digital Unicorn says:

    This is PR stunt written all over it but not surprising with these 2.

    Also I did not know he had 5 other children.

  44. Ashley says:

    And yet I wouldn’t expect anything else from these two. I don’t know why people are surprised. I like Grimes’ music but she’s weird. And when I heard the pregnancy announcement I thought it was also weird because while she seems nice, she also seems incredibly immature and not in reality. She’s so obsessed with being an elf or an alien, no one should be raised by someone like that.

    Then you get Elon who is whatever, but I suspect when they’re together they’re even more cracked out and into whatever inane theories. They probably feed off of each other. Imagine the conversations between these two. They probably think they’re incredibly smart, but really it’s just babble by two people who lack a sense of reality. It must make your head explode.

    While it might be cool when a kid is little, to have parents who have no basis in reality, No child should be raised by two people who are too high on acid and into AI and aliens. I really feel sorry for this kid. I can’t even imagine what goth elf weirdo they’ll try to mold him into.

    Anyway someone get a copy of the birth certificate when it’s filed. I doubt California will allow this.

    • Eugh says:

      Yeah, were people thinking this kid would be named Bob or John? It was 100% going to be crackerjack. I think she changed her stage name to ‘c’ for a hot second

  45. VKES says:

    No, they didn’t. You cannot use non-English characters or numbers on a California birth certificate. Elon lies constantly, I don’t know why the media doesn’t verify what he’s saying before printing it.

  46. Veronica S. says:

    It’s not even phonetically correct is what gets me. Like if you’re going to go ridiculous, at least know what those phonetic symbols mean! Some people just view their children as vanity products.

  47. Ferdinand says:

    So, how do you pronounce the name?

  48. SURFCHICK says:

    Ugh. She’s grimey and he’s a freak. This kid is going to have some life.

  49. Valerie says:


  50. S says:

    Know this only because I recently came across that article with Musk’s first wife, but this is actually his SEVENTH son. Their first child, Nevada, died of SIDS at 10 weeks old. Know several families who lost infants and it’s usually very, very important to them that the memories of those short lives not be lost or overlooked.

    • Horse Marine says:

      Yes. It makes me sad to read articles that completely ignore the first baby’s short life. This is Elon’s 7th son. The lost child existed and he matters.

  51. Amelie says:

    The name looks like a chemical reaction or a serial number, this poor child. Some of you are saying CA doesn’t allow numbers and non-English symbols on a birth certificate, let’s hope that’s true. I’m hoping the kid will go by X or Ash growing up. X Musk sounds like the name of a porn movie but Ash Musk isn’t too bad I guess. He’ll most likely change it like Ronan Farrow did when he gets older (seriously was Mia Farrow high when she named him Satchel??).

    I really don’t know much about Grimes but from everything I’ve read, she doesn’t seem very grounded in reality and Elon has gotten more eccentric as he’s gotten older. I feel sorry for this baby to be saddled with such out there parents.

  52. Bobafelty says:

    Let’s just call the kid “Wingdings”

  53. The Voice says:

    “Please say or enter the first three letters of your first name.”

    Have fun with that, X.

  54. JByrdKU says:

    She looks like a teenager, and since I don’t really know anything about her she very well could be. I know it’s a sign of my increasing age, but I find older men/younger women relationships increasingly gross.

  55. whybother says:

    is lockheed a-12 made by lockheed and martin? if so, lockheed and martin should sue them for copyright or whatever. hopefully that will save that poor baby from having a ridiculous name. just saying~
    thought elon musk is the only one who up in his a**..guess he meet his match made in insufferable pool

  56. Jayna says:

    She’s 32. She’s not a kid. They are both so increasingly bizarre that they kind of fit. And that’s not a compliment.

  57. Bread and Circuses says:

    Those people really need to do fewer drugs.