Musk and Grimes name son 'X Æ A-12', leave netizens guessing the pronunciation

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Musk, Grimes, name, son, 'X Æ A-12', netizens, guessing, pronunciation

Musk and Grimes welcomed their first child together on Tuesday, May 5.

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Published: Wed 6 May 2020, 4:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 6 May 2020, 7:05 PM

SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, shared on Twitter that his newborn baby boy has been named X Æ A-12, and the internet has since gone berserk. Baffled netizens struggled to pronounce the bizarre name and came up with memes and guesses, prompting Musk's partner musician Grimes to reveal the mystery behind the name.

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Musk and Grimes welcomed their first child together on Tuesday, following which the tech billionaire shared on Twitter first photo of his newborn son with a caption: 'Mom & baby all good'. The name X Æ A-12 has been trending on Twitter because of the bizarre pronunciation and people assumed it was just another prank by Musk.
However, Grimes whose real name is Claire Boucher, explained that Æ, a ligature of a and e known as ash, appeared in Latin and Old English but is not used anymore. However, in some languages such as Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic, Æ is classed as a letter.
The singer has used Æ before, naming a song on her latest album 4ÆM.
While the A-12 is a Lockheed plane built for the CIA. It was known by designers during its development as Archangel. Grimes also claims Archangel is her favourite song but does not explain who the song is by.
Grimes explanation, however, does not reveal how the name is pronounced but when a Twitter user asked Musk if it could be X Ash Archangel, Musk liked the comment, reported BBC.
It is not ascertained where the name is legal as in California, where Grimes is said to have given birth, certain names cannot be registered. The rules there stipulate that no pictographs, ideograms and diacritical marks for example è, ñ, e, ç can be used when registering the birth. Names have to consist of the 26 letters of the alphabet.

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