Grimes and Elon Musk have changed their son’s name. Because
the state of California does not accept special characters in a baby name, it gets
little boy named X Æ A-Xii.
The saga surrounding the name of the son of Tesla boss Elon Musk and singer Grimes continues to drag on. At the beginning of this month, the baby was given the striking name X Æ A-12. Many people rightly commented on that choice. In the state of California, where the youngest member of the Musk family was born, it is not allowed to use characters other than the 26 letters of the alphabet.
Cat-and-mouse game with California
On the Instagram account of mother Grimes, a critical fan asked whether the name of her child has changed in the meantime. The answer is yes, although the new name is not exactly simpler. The child is given the name X Æ A-Xii: a simplification of the previous version. The couple hopes to circumvent California law. However, there is a real chance that that plan will also fall into the water.
Despite the modified spelling, the name would still violate some laws. For example, the character Æ should not be used and the hyphens could also cause problems. So it promises to be exciting weeks for the Musk family.
Pronunciation remains the same
Despite the name change, everything indicates that the name is still pronounced the same way. While visiting Joe Rogan’s podcast earlier this month, dad Elon Musk explained how to do it. “You pronounce the X as the letter X. Æ you pronounce it as” Ash “. And finally the A-12, you just pronounce it again as “A Twelve”, it sounded then.
Phonetically, that comes down to “Eksashee Twelve”. The new spelling (which replaces the number 12 with the Roman variant) therefore does not seem to affect the pronunciation.