Elon Musk’s newborn X Æ A-12 is already the source of online chatter. The SpaceX CEO sparked an online craze after announcing that his son’s name is X Æ A-12 Musk.
Since revealing the name on Twitter, there has been no end to the speculation on how the name pronounced. During a recent podcast interview with comedian Joe Rogan, Musk explained the meaning behind the name and also how to pronounce it. During the meeting, Musk described that the name pronounced as it looks, ‘X Ash A Twelve,’ and then explained its meaning, character by character.
Watch: X Æ A-12 Musk explained
Musk explained that the first letter is “X,” pronounced as the alphabet. Then it’s “Æ,” a character used in some languages, including Danish and Norwegian. As for the pronunciation of this character, it’s either Ash or AE.
Musk then decoded “A-12”, he said that it’s his contribution to the name and stands for Archangel 12, the name of one of his planes. As for the pronunciation, “A-12” is said just the way it reads. So, taking that cue, the name comes to “X-Ash-A-Twelve,” just as Musk mentioned in the podcast’s beginning.
Earlier, when Elon Musk and Grimes welcomed a baby, the name they offered to their kid made everybody surprised. Now when the name creates a series of controversies, his family lawyer also joins hands with them for their defense.
Family lawyer says that they can’t name their baby X Æ A-12, as it is against California law for symbols and numbers to use in a name. A family attorney told People magazine, “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.”
From this statement, it is clear that only the X A part of the child’s name would be allowed on his birth certificate. It’s not known what the couple intends on doing about this, or if they planned to remain in the same name Æ A-12.