Earlier this week we reported on the arrival of a new bundle of joy for Space X and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk, and his electro-faerie girlfriend, Grimes.
X Æ A-12 Musk was the name Musk gave during a late-night Twitter chat when fans were asking for an update. He also shared a photo of the baby decked out with facial tattoos, so it seemed like a joke. Apparently not.
Grimes, whose real name is Elise Boucher, explained the odd name on social media, giving us all some sort of idea where this all comes from.
The "X" stands for "the unknown variable,” "Æ" is her “elven spelling of Ai (love &/or artificial intelligence),” and “A-12” is a reference to the Lockheed A-12 aircraft, the couple's "favorite." She then added a few more lines of "explanation," saying "A=Archangel, my favorite song,” and then threw in a couple of emojis and the words "metal rat" at the end.
Good luck pronouncing that name, though. Neither parent shared how they plan on saying the baby's name. We hope it’s something like, “Christopher” or “Jimmy.”
But Grimes, who is still recovering from surgery related to the birth of X Æ A-12, seems to have gotten part of the explanation wrong. Musk replied to her emoji-filled tweet correcting her on their favorite aircraft model and she responded with disappointment.
“SR-71, but yes,” he said, referencing the incorrectly mentioned SR-17 aircraft.
“I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, damnit,” she wrote. “That was meant to be profound.”
Musk replied, “U r a powerful [faerie]" using emojis.
Unfortunately, it seems the name may not even be legal in the state of California where Musk resides. Only the 26 alphabetical characters of the English language are allowed to be used, according to the state constitution, which also bars accents above letters in a name, like José - so there may ultimately be a way around the law.
Finally, a Twitter user who stepped into the couple’s explanation thread also has a very good question that requires an answer:
Let’s just wait for a pronunciation key, first.