Did Elon Musk and Grimes's newborn son just join Pilot Inspektor, Blue Ivy and others on the list of celeb kids with unusual names?

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

We’ll always remember the day X Æ A-12 came into our lives.

Tesla’s Elon Musk announced the name Tuesday as the one he and girlfriend Grimes (real name: Claire Boucher) had chosen for their newborn son. It was one of several messages Musk shared about his familyand given in response to a direct question on the subject.

He also reassured fans that Grimes and baby were “all good,” and he shared two photos of his son.

The internet quickly took Musk’s baby name answer and ran with it making X Æ A-12 one of the top Twitter trends shortly after it was revealed.

Users on a Reddit thread and elsewhere surmised that X is related to Musk’s brand or even the Bible. They guessed the new baby will be called Ash, because that’s the name of the symbol Æ in Old English. Grimes actually had a song titled “4ÆM” on her 2020 Miss Anthropocene album, and someone suggested the track was a dedication, “for Ash Musk.”

Others theorized that the A-12 part of the moniker could be a stand-in for Archangel, the CIA’s internal codename for the A-12 aircraft. Musk liked someone’s guess that Archangel was involved.

Grimes and Musk attempted to explain further, although a pronunciation still wasn’t clear.

Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to representatives for both Musk and Grimes for clarification. The newborn’s moniker may be in limbo as it’s against California law to include symbols or numerals in a name, as noted in the Birth Registration Handbook issued by the state’s department of health.

California's Birth Registration Handbook outlines the rules for baby names. (California Dept. of Public Health/Dept. of Public Records)


If, in fact, X Æ A-12 is actually the little guy’s name, it’s taking unusual celebrity baby monikers to a whole other level. Uniquely named celebrity children such as Jason Lee’s son Pilot Inspektor, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, and Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden’s baby girl Raddix have got nothing on baby Musk.

The tot is the tech entrepreneur and Grimes’s first together, after the two got together in early 2018. Musk has five teenage sons — Xavier; Griffin; Damian; Saxon; and Kai — from his marriage to author Justine Wilson.

The story was originally published May 5, 2020.

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