Grimes explained the meaning behind her and Elon Musk’s unique baby name
Update, May 6th, 2020, 9:27 a.m. ET: Elon Musk announced yesterday that he and Grimes welcomed a healthy baby boy. But it was their child’s name, according to Musk, that really sent social media into a frenzy. Replying to a fan’s question on Twitter, Musk said the baby boy’s name was X Æ A-12. Now, Grimes is giving a little more context. (Thanks, Grimes. We needed it.)
In a Twitter post, the musician broke down each piece of her son’s name to explain the meaning. Specifically, “Æ,” is the “elven spelling of Ai,” and “A-12” is “precursor to SR-17,” which she says her and Musk’s favorite aircraft. In the internal design process, the Lockheed A-12 aircraft, notably, was dubbed “Archangel”—which Grimes says is also her favorite song. (Though, we’re not sure what song she’s referencing.)
It should be noted that yesterday, when Musk announced the name, a fan on Twitter said that it would be pronounced “X Ash Archangel,” and the Tesla founder “liked” the tweet. Grimes has also used one of these symbols before. The song “4ÆM” appears on her latest album.
However, it’s still fairly unclear if Grimes and Musk are using the code X Æ A-12 hide their child’s given name on social media or if that’s literally what’s appearing on his birth certificate. Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised either way. Though, California, where the baby was born, does have restrictions on baby names.
No matter what, we’re happy to hear mom and baby are doing well. Welcome to the world, X Ash Archangel. Or Baby X Æ A-12!
Original post, May 5th, 2020: Yesterday, May 4th, Grimes and Elon Musk welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world. Dad Elon was all too eager to share the joyous news with his Twitter following. He announced the arrival of his son within a Twitter thread discussing a Tesla-related controversy, and he later shared a hilarious and bizarre photo of the newborn. It’s all so ~Grimes and Musk~ and we can barely handle it.
“Mom & baby all good,” Musk tweeted at around 8:30 p.m. ET yesterday in response to a fan question.
Then, taking the conversation to another thread, Musk announced that he and Grimes named their son X Æ A-12 Musk. And, TBH, we can’t tell if he’s kidding or not.
When a few followers requested a photo of Baby X Æ A-12, Musk tweeted a pic of his son rocking a Post Malone-inspired face filter. He thanked one of his followers for the congratulations and added, “Never too young for some ink haha.”
Musk then tweeted a photo of himself holding X Æ A-12 Musk (again, we don’t know if he’s serious or not), wearing an “Occupy Mars” t-shirt. Get ready for an interesting, intergalactic life, little X Æ. If it helps, a fan commented that the baby’s name could actually be code for X Ash Archangel, and Musk “liked” the tweet.
Grimes cryptically announced her pregnancy in January, leaving some to question if she was actually pregnant or simply preparing us for the drop of an experimental new album. But, in February, the singer confirmed that she was expecting and asked for advice from mothers who have been through pregnancy before.
Grimes has yet to announce the arrival of her baby on any social media platform—she’s been a bit busy. But, by the looks of Musk’s Twitter, the family is more than excited to have a newborn in their midst. Musk already has five sons from a previous marriage. He lost another 10-month-old boy to SIDs, according to The National Post.
Welcome to the world, X Æ A-12! Or Baby Ash! (Okay, but is that actually your real name? We need answers.)
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