Grimes and Space-X boss Elon Musk celebrated the birth of their son this week, but as with all things Grimes and Musk, even the reveal of the boy’s name was complicated. A day after the blessed event, Grimes hit Twitter to break down her son’s unusual moniker and the internet had a lot of questions.
The name, X Æ A-12, is apparently a combination of some of the couple’s favorite things, all of them appropriately science and futureshock-related. Here’s how Grimes (born Claire Boucher) explained it: “‘X’ stands for the “unknowable variable,” “Æ” is her unique “elven spelling” of love and/or artificial intelligence and “A-12″is her and Musk’s favorite aircraft, the “non-violent” Lockheed recon plane built for the CIA (known internally as “Archangel”; you might recalls that Grimes’ 2015 album was called Art Angels).
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence)
•A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent 🤍
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
(⚔️🐁 metal rat)
— 𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰 🐉 ᚷᚱᛁᛗᛖᛋ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
At press time, neither had explained how the child’s name is pronounced, but people definitely had some ideas.
I got Jão.
X = 10 = J
Æ = ã
A – 12 (count backwards) = O
— Janne Bot (@langejanne) May 5, 2020
X Ash Archangel? pic.twitter.com/cRhNptBiU7
— Viv ✶ (@flcnhvy) May 5, 2020
grimes and elon musk named their baby after a CIA reconnaissance plane that was employed in the vietnam war, because of course they did pic.twitter.com/tWCWtYm59U
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) May 6, 2020
And of course plenty of people had some fun with it.
made a video on how to pronounce X Æ A-12 for anyone who is confused pic.twitter.com/lZ2i3NcoGD
— 🫒 (@olivemcgowen) May 5, 2020
old mcdonald had a farm X Æ A-12
— aaronflarin (@aaronflarin) May 5, 2020
— ♡rose♡ (@aliensosandy) May 6, 2020
Grimes: Wake up sleepy head! It’s time for school
X Æ A-12: pic.twitter.com/OizfJPaliF
— Devin Kurant (@KDs_Burner_Acc) May 6, 2020
Elon Musk and Grimes : Go and play with the kids
X Æ A-12 : Sure pic.twitter.com/rbhq0uFNlv
— Light 🧣 (@4d_sociopath) May 6, 2020