Singer Claire Elise Boucher, aka Grimes, and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk welcomed a son together on May 4, 2020, just two years after they first started dating in May 2018. Musk has five other kids – twins Griffin and Xavier and triplets Damian, Saxon, and Kai – from his previous marriage to Justine Musk.
Shortly after Musk confirmed that both Grimes and their son were in good health, he shared the little guy’s name — X Æ A-12 Musk, apparently. But is that really how it’s supposed to be pronounced? As you might imagine, the answer is complicated.
As it turns out, the moniker is a nod to the couple’s favorite things, as the singer relayed on Twitter. “X” stands for the “unknown variable,” the diphthong Æ stands for what Grimes called her “elven spelling of Ai,” and A-12 is a kind of aircraft the couple purports to enjoy, which is reportedly also known as the Archangel. Archangel also happens to be the title of Grimes’ favorite song, as she mentioned in her tweet.
But wait – that’s not all! Grimes concluded her announcement with the phrase, “metal rat.” As Business Insider noted,
“the Chinese zodiac includes both animal signs and five elements (earth, wood, water, fire, and metal), and 2020 is the year of the metal rat.”
Now that we’ve caught you up on the baby’s name, let’s fill you in on how Grimes reacted to Musk correcting her announcement. Hint: She didn’t take it too well.
As Grimes mentioned in the tweet about her son’s name, A-12 is the precursor to the couple’s favorite aircraft. But the singer called that aircraft the SR-17 instead of its correct name, which wa s the numbers flipped around. Elon Musk didn’t miss a beat clarifying the Vancouver native’s error, replying to her tweet,
“SR-71, but yes.”
Grimes, who was just one-day post-delivery when Musk sent out his tweet, clapped back,
“I am recovering from surgery and barely alive so may my typos b forgiven but, damnit. That was meant to be profound.”
Musk replied, quote, “U r a powerful” next to a princess and fairy emoji.
Grimes and Musk’s back-and-forth aside, it’s important to mention their son’s name can’t appear as X Æ A-12 Musk on the birth certificate, per California law. Attorney David Glass told People why:
“In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name. Thus, you can’t have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts, or other symbols or emojis. Although an apostrophe, for a name like ‘O’Connor,’ is acceptable.”
“They have an opportunity to appeal the rejection of the birth certificate application but it’s unlikely that it will be granted because, again, California … has been struggling with using symbols.”
Even if the name can’t be used as-is on a birth certificate, it probably won’t prevent the parents from using the unique name at home. But what is that pronunciation, exactly?. Elon Musk cleared this up during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, sharing,
“It’s just X, the letter X. And then the Æ is, like, pronounced ‘ash.’ And then A-12 is my contribution […] Archangel-12, the precursor to the SR-71, coolest plane ever.”
This would potentially translate to “X Ash Archangel”, which would legally meet the birth certificate requirements in California.
However, Musk’s pronunciation might differ from Grimes’ interpretation, as she told a fan something different. Grimes shared on Instagram:
“It’s just X, like the letter X. Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I.”
As for who came up with the baby’s moniker? That honor went to mama Grimes. Musk gushed to Rogan,
“She’s great at names.”
Since nobody seems to agree about how this baby’s name is pronounced, let’s switch gears to another mystery – where Musk and Grimes will live with their little one. We’re curious because a few days before their baby’s arrival, Musk declared he’s selling his houses. He declared on Twitter, quote, “Will own no house.” Say what?
The tech entrepreneur said of his decision,
“Don’t need the cash. Devoting myself to Mars and Earth. Possession just weighs you down.”
Grimes wasn’t happy with Musk’s interesting mission, as he noted on Twitter,
“My gf @Grimezsz is mad at me.” Watch the video to see how Grimes Claps Back At Elon Musk For Correcting Explanation Of Son’s Name!
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What was your reaction to the naming of Elon and Grimes' baby?
I think Umlauts should be allowed, but only if it's an actual name and they're not adding it unnecessarily.
What a couple!
When I saw the movie "PLANET OF THE HUMANS", which is free on youtube- I realized how Musk stole Nikola Tesla's name and has basically used another man's legacy and ALOT of marketing and posturing in the media to sell something thats not just a dead end, but a huge diversion from the minimalism that is necessary for us to survive the next 25 years and more on this planet.. Musk took the green movement and turned his type of science into a new kind of consumerism, very well packaged and sold for people to "think" they are helping the environment. I cant explain much here but if you watch Planet of The Humans, it explains how the green movement has been hijacked by aholes like Musk , who go around patting themselves on the back and virtue signaling 24/7 while people just dont see the bigger picture. Always follow the money trail. Musk is connected to some shady types!! Musk poses like he's "one of us" fake smoking his weed, wearing faded tshirts on Joe Rogan. Hes s fraud through and through. Follow the bloody money trail. In order to build his brain implants, he has probably gone through herds of animals drilling holes into every skull he could get his hands on, that bastard. I can guarantee you Musk will NEVER drill an inch out of his OWN skull to implant metal and other garbage into his flesh, no matter what the circumstance.
The baby is beautiful.
Get your freak on. I do hope social services are checking on it daily. Who knows what they'll do with it if they named it Ass.
Archangel was the program that developed the SR 71 A-12 was that aircraft predecessor
OMG who cares!!
In the news not too long ago, there was a story about a pair of abusive parents that made t-shirts for their adopted children that named them as “thing #1”, “thing #2”…etc. That’s what this reminds me of. The joke of the parents is at the expense of the child. It’s selfishness.
She made a typo, so what. And at least her kid doesn’t have a generic name like James or Johnny
I love Grimes but they are both narcissistic assholes and that kid would be better off without them. It's not your music album or a car, it's a person that deserves certain respect.
I am sorry to say, but Elon’s son is definitely going to get bullied at school. He will probably he home schooled
People name there pets more sensible names
Damn at least they have a big story behind the name. My parents just found my name from a book…no backstory or nothing.
Poor substitute teacher
Claps back…. cringe af. Bro some weird chick named her kid a weird name. Y'all are weird
They naming the baby, Racer X?
🚀 Xavier Ashton XII Musk
Cute kid tho.
That was fast, the baby that is. ⏭ Dated less than 12 months, and there’s a baby in the oven.
X ae A12 = Xavier Ashton Angelus XII Musk
He’s so cute! 🤗 Looks like the back and forth banter of the parents is just what parents do.
Elon says Toma toe, Grimes says Tom A toe. 😏
I do not get it. Elon could have any woman. Why in the world did he pick Grimes? She is kind of grotesque.
good thing these 2 psychos are rich, because they are way past koo koo cocoa puffs & will need a lot of psychotherapy in their lives, and likely so will their kid
These people are insane
I'm going w this is a troll… Or they are really going w it and rivaling Jason Lees- Pilot Inspektor. Or both. They more than likely have a nickname and keeping it private. It's a name .. 👍
Musk is too old for this crap.
a name is a name a number is a number a number is used to count and a name puts meaning into the love that your parents feel for you .
but this two are robots with a child that will have all the money but love.
I actually like it a little ngl.
So is is Xai A-12
Xaia twelve would be a pretty cool name
Thats the stupidest name i have ever heard
The baby will be crying disowned me I'm not a cyborg
My kids name would b
“Bud light taco Tuesday Ford Mustang 2010 XLshirt”
so they are themselves confused about the name. pathetic!
They should've named him Luke
00:07 Golf Wang top right corner ?
It's not really a "clapback" if they're a couple…….
Von mir aus nennt ihn maugli und setzt ihn in den Urwald.
Wow she really clapped back didn’t she
Even the parents do not know how it is pronuced, how pathetic
Imagine roll-call with a substitute teacher lmao I feel so sorry for this kid.
Why do they hate their child?
X? A baby named x? It’s like they don’t have a name for “it” some they went with X? Poor kid, at least they have $.
The dislikes give me faith in humanity.
They really making a twitter joke between a couple into drama? Yeesh
Imaging being Elon Musk Landlord 🤯
Why does no one report that Elon actually has 7 kids not 6 (his first one died of SIDS at 10 weeks old)
She smokes too much weed
JESUS take the wheel.
This kid is not going to be made fun of.. he will attend the special school that all of Elon’s kids and astronaut kids go to. He will be fine
Its just like a celebrity to do some weird shit… then, when the public is like wtf? They act like WE are the weird ones for not understanding. Smh.