Elon Musk says his baby’s name is pronounced Ex Ash A-Twelve Musk


As I said before, I never expected the “Elon Musk’s baby name” story to be a week-long controversy, but here we are. Elon and Grimes welcomed their first son together this week. Elon tweeted out that they named their newborn X Æ A-12 Musk. It wasn’t a joke, and Grimes quickly confirmed it too. The problem? Little X Æ A-12 probably won’t get to have that as his legal name. He was born in California, which has strict rules about baby names. Nothing alphanumeric, and only the 26 letters of the English alphabet can be used (no accents or whatever Æ is.) But Elon went on Joe Rogan’s show yesterday and he ended up saying that they’re really going to name their baby that and I can’t.

Elon Musk is breaking down the proper pronunciation of his son X Æ A-12’s unique name. The Tesla CEO, 48, explained how to correctly address the newborn during Thursday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. While speaking about his newborn, Musk shared that girlfriend and new mom Grimes was actually the one who “mostly came up with the name.”

“Yeah, she’s great at names,” he said. According to Musk, X is spoken “like the letter” while “the ‘Æ’ is pronounced like ‘ash.’ ”

The Space X founder went on to proudly proclaim that the A-12 part of his son’s name was his idea, saying that he wanted to pay homage to the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft built by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

“A-12 was my contribution,” he said. “The Archangel-12, the precursor to the SR-71, the coolest plane ever.”

During his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Musk also opened about becoming a father again, telling the host, “Actually, I think it’s better being older and having a kid.”

“I appreciate it more,” he said. “Babies are awesome. They’re awesome…They’re little lovebugs,” the dad added. “It’s wonderful. It’s great.”

[From People]

So, best case scenario is that this child will be called Ex Ash Musk. *snort* Yeah. Okay. I still have my doubts about whether they’ve actually filled out the birth certificate and gotten a Social Security card for X Æ A-12, because I think they’ll run into some roadblocks. I love how casually Elon throws Grimes under the bus too, saying that she was the one who “mostly came up with the name.” Idiots.

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  1. k says:

    Well, Ash is a nice name.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Yeah, on its own Ash as a name isn’t awful, though Ash Musk is making me giggle like a loon. That poor (‘poor’) kid.

      • Melissa says:

        Ash Musk – with undertones of sandalwood and petunias and just a mild hint of bergemot

      • Redgrl says:

        @melissa – that’s what I thought. Ash as a name or nickname is fine – but in combination with Musk it sounds like it belongs on a shelf at a discount bathroom supply store…

    • Adrianna says:

      Ash isn’t bad and the child can change it legally when he’s of age and realizes he dislikes the name his long divorced parents gave him. At least it’s better than Amy Schumer naming her kid Genital Fissure (Gene Attell Fischer)…..she has changed the second name. It’s David now. I wonder if she did that for publicity?

  2. Alexis says:

    The real story here is that Grimes gave a different pronunciation…

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Seriously? Wow…crazy people should not procreate. Poor little baby.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      When? All I saw was her explaining the name. Other people guessed at the pronunciation, and ignored the spacing that both Elon and Grimes were putting between the “names.” How did she say it was pronounced?

      • Alexis says:

        She says it’s pronounced “AI” as in the two letters and NOT Ash. She posted it on Instagram and several news outlets picked up stories on it.

  3. Stacy Dresden says:

    Still love Grimes!

    • Kelly says:

      I used to love her too, she’s really talented, but ever since this Elon Musk mess began I’m just so… over her. She went from being cool and different to just being a real try-hard imo. When she explained the name and got the aircraft wrong I rolled my eyes all the way to the moon. Seriously? You’re calling your baby something like that and you don’t even know what you’re naming him after?

      • JulieCarr says:

        She made a typo, less than a day after major surgery. Giver her a break.

  4. Astrid says:

    I must be a dull person, or something. Up until this week, I thought Moon Unit and Apple were goofy names. I had no idea that there are even crazier parents allowed to name their kids.

    • Helen says:

      When “Diva” is the “normal” name of a group of siblings, you aren’t dull, they’re just *REALLY* out there.

  5. Redgrl says:

    Pretentious twits. The kid is going to go to school and tell everyone his name is Bob. Hate when parents use their kids like this.

  6. Fride says:

    Æ is a common letter in Norwegian and Danish, but obviously never used as alone as a name

    • Some chick says:

      Yeah, just because it isn’t an english letter does not mean it isn’t a letter.

      I have a friend named Ashley who goes by Ash. It’s a pretty name.

      At least they didn’t try to name him Adolf!

  7. Erinn says:

    Look, it 100% sounds like a name that’s alllll her. It’s SO try hard. I just don’t see Elon coming up with that one on his own, and to my knowledge his other kids names are nowhere near this.

    I said before – just going by X wouldn’t be the absolute worst. It’s not ideal, but it’s ‘fine’ in comparison to the rest of the name.

    • CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

      Hard agree with everything you said. The tryhard is so blatant here that I actually cringed.

  8. Rapunzel says:

    Ash Archangel. Just name the kid Ash Archangel and get over yourselves, you pretentious snots.

  9. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    I’m still 100% canceling him for his gross FREE AMERICA tweets and watching while his followers attacked Healthcare workers in the comments and didn’t say squat. So canceled.

    That poor child. Is all I can say. Do his other.. 7? Is it 7? Kids live with their mother?

    • Erinn says:

      He shares custody with all of the kids. No idea on living arrangements, though I assume they’re with their mother. I think it’s 5 others, as his first child passed away in infancy.

      • CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

        Where did I get 7 from??? Omg lol.

        I assumed they stayed mostly with the mother because of things he says like he can never make it home, he sleeps in the office etc. That sounds like they either have a nanny at his house or primarily stay with Mom.

      • Erinn says:

        Well, he’s had 7 kids total, just unfortunately there are only 6 total now, so you weren’t really far off.

        Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon, and Kai are the other names, so at least they have pretty normal names for celebrity spawn. I went on a wiki wormhole last night because we had Joe Rogan on due to the morbid curiosity I’ve developed when it comes to Elon. His life is just so … strange to me, I guess.

        The mother is from Ontario I think, but they had moved to LA while they were together. So I assume she’s probably living nearby Elon, but it just seems most likely that they would have at least one nanny to help out because like you said – the man’s a workaholic to an unhealthy degree and I can’t see him leaving the office early to make it home to the kids often.

  10. Seraphina says:

    Reminds me of when Prince changed his name to a symbol and all the stink it caused. But at least it was him renaming himself and people still called him Prince. This kid will be called Ash. And if the parents wanted something very original, ironically Ash really isn’t. Jokes on them.

    • Helen says:

      Prince at least did it for a good reason, and then changed it back.

    • Some chick says:

      Prince renamed himself due to contractual issues with Warner Brothers. According to his contract, they owned his actual name. They only wanted to let him release one album per year. So he changed his name in order to continue putting out music.

      The fact that no one could pronounce it (or spell it, unless you had a copy of the character) was a bonus.

      • Seraphina says:

        Yes, but he still used something unpronounceable, regardless of the reasoning behind it.

  11. teehee says:

    I stopped thinking much of him when he got with Claire cos she hung around (hangs around?) with Aezelia Banks- and the sh!t they said to each other— I’m starting to form the impression that ‘Grimes’ is a try hard, very scared and insecure person who thinks she is clever beyond all of this and in so doing, doesn’t realize she is in fact being played like a fiddle and taken as a complete fool by others around her.

    • Babadook says:

      I’m sorry, but Elon Musk is as insecure and try- hard as she is – if not more so. Just look at the header photo.

    • teehee says:

      Come to think of it a bit more- I think they are too opposite. She is too young, too much an “artist” (at least she thinks so) and it seems she feel millions of yards too inadequate to be with him and hence has stepped up her act to laughable levels- and lost herself.
      I sense, she will be wrung dry spiritually by trying to be enough for him and his big personality plus his technical way of thinking.

      And wait– wait a minute– she just had a baby and he walks off and does a podcast?

    • Ashley says:

      The Azealia thing brought to light A LOT. It made me think of both of them in a new light. And I should say negative light. Granted Azealia exaggerates but… she said a lot. A lot more than people knew before and it made Musk and Grimes look pathetic people. It certainly took away Grimes’ mask. She’s always been weird but you’re right she does seem very try hard.

  12. BW says:

    And the Musk child will be called Ex-Ass or Ex-Lax or Ox Musk by his school mates.

    Congratulation to Anderson Cooper who also just had a baby boy and named him Wyatt Morgan Cooper. Wyatt after his father who died when Anderson was 10. Morgan which was a family name on his mother’s baby name list that Anderson found. It was the list of names Gloria Vanderbilt was considering for Anderson. Now that’s how you name a baby.

  13. minx says:

    Jerkoffs, both of them.

  14. Ashley says:

    Æ is not a symbol and is ignorant to keep treating it in your words as whatever. It is common letter in many nordic countries and languages. Same goes for Ø, Ö, Ô, Ê, Ę, Ā etc none of these are symbols just additional letters used in languages that aren’t english.The problem here are people like Grimes and Musk basterdizing letters from another language.

  15. mew says:

    Æ as Ash? Letter itself is called ash in traditional English, but is certainly not pronounced that way. But whatever, sure.

  16. SJR says:

    Can you imagine how often during his lifetime he is going to have to correct people on his name? What a PIA for this kid. I am guessing on a daily basis he will go by Ash?
    Kindergarten..OK everybody let’s work on writing our names..Mike, Bob, Ex Ash A Twelve, how you doing?

  17. Mina_Esq says:

    Grimes is basic, and Elon is socially awkward. I hope the kid somehow defies all odds and grows up to be confident enough to pull off that weird name. He could go by Sasha or Ash (which is also short for Asher).

  18. Ellen Olenska says:

    His baby’s name is pronounced “years of therapy in the future”

  19. TyrantDestroyed says:

    These 2 are as thirsty as BenAnas couple. This poor child will have to go with his deodorant sounding stage name during a big chuck of his life due to his edgy parents. At least money will insulate him from the jokes.
    Musk’s comments about how it’s better to be a father at an older age sound just bizarre considering that he already had 6 kids when he was younger and also because he doesn’t strike me as a very hands on dad.

    • JulieCarr says:

      He’s had physical custody of his children more than 50% of the time all these years, and they went to school first at a house next door to him and now at SpaceX. He’s pretty hands-on.

  20. Case says:

    I think it’s weird but still fine as “Ex Ash.” Please don’t put numbers in your baby’s name, though.

  21. Lila says:

    I keep hoping they named their son something normalish, and are just throwing everyone off the scent by doubling down on this outrageous name. But they both seem crazy enough this is real. *sigh* poor baby.

  22. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    Kind of off topic but remember when Azealia Banks was trapped (or ‘trapped’) in his house and called him ‘Apartheid Clyde’? Whenever I see a photo of Musk, I can’t help but think of Apartheid Clyde.

  23. JRenee says:

    Poor kid!!!

  24. Valerie says:

    Isn’t it obvious? /s. What a dick he is.

  25. Desdemona says:

    OK… He’s a rich nut! That’s all…

  26. Temperance says:

    Sasha, or Sasha-Twelve isn’t that bad, It could be North West, or Apple.

  27. Petrafuel says:

    These two weirdos are trying to one up each other on who’s more sick in the head

  28. Barbiem says:

    This man is extremely intelligent and extremely batship. Made some change off his stock so mmm, thanks for that, me and my stay following this guy so we know which way the wind may blow

  29. Samab says:

    I bet they picked It on acid.

  30. Cookie monster says:

    One day these children are gonna sue their parents for these names that get them bullied.