Grimes Had a Different Answer Than Elon Musk When Asked How to Pronounce Son X Æ A-12's Name
Giving fans some insight into what their son’s name meant, Grimes, whose birth name is Claire Boucher, previously explained that X represents “the unknown variable” and "Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence).”
She went on to share that part of her newborn's name is a nod to the CIA's Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance plane, which has “no weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent.” The "A" in the name also represents "Archangel" — which she said is her "favorite song" — while the number "12" stood for the Chinese zodiac sign of the rat.
The child is the first for Grimes while Musk has five sons from a previous marriage. His first son, Nevada, died tragically of SIDS at 10 weeks old in 2002.
Pronunciation aside, while the child’s name isn’t technically illegal, a family law attorney recently told PEOPLE that it won't be accepted by the state of California.
"In California, you can only use the '26 characters' of the English language in your baby name," David Glass said Wednesday. "Thus, you can't have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts or other symbols or emojis.”
Glass said that if X Æ A-12's birth certificate is submitted as-is, it is sure to be rejected and that the couple will "have an opportunity to appeal the rejection of the birth certificate application but it's unlikely that it will be granted."
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