X Æ A-12 | Elon Musk Grimes baby name

X Æ A-12

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X Æ A-12 is a name that Elon Musk claimed to belong to his newborn son in a tweet posted the night of the child's birth in early May 2020. The announcement spawned numerous memes and jokes speculating that the child is actually a robot, as well as online discussions about whether Musk had accurately identified the name or if it was merely a joke. Some have speculated that the correct pronouncement of the name is "Ecks Ash Archangel."


On May 4th, 2020, Musk's girlfriend Grimes gave birth to a boy. After posting about the child on Twitter,[1] user @priscillabanana asked for the baby's name to which Musk replied: "X Æ A-12 Musk," which received over 39,500 likes and 4,00 retweets within 24 hours (shown below).

Colombiana @priscillabanana - 9h We need the name we literally need it Elon Musk O @elonmusk · 12h Replying to @elonmusk and @Gaelic_Neilson Mom & baby all good Elon Musk @elonmusk Replying to @priscillabanana XÆ A-12 Musk 11:14 PM - May 4, 2020 - Twitter for iPhone

Although unconfirmed, many online have begun to speculate the proper pronunciation of the baby's name. The most common version seen is "X Ash Archangel." This translation is based on "Æ" being an a-e ligature named "Ash," found in Latin originally. "Archangel" stems from the Lockheed A-12 aircraft, built for use by the CIA. Some have also speculated that the "X" might stand for "Ten" like the Roman numeral.


That day, Twitter[2] user @zuunk tweeted a video of a young boy dubbed with electronic sound effects and the message "X Æ A-12 when he talks" (shown below).

Meanwhile, Twitter[3] user @bobvulfov posted a video of a Boston Dynamics robot with the caption "X Æ A-12 Musk running to catch the school bus" (shown below).

Twitter[4] user @helen also commented on the name in a tweet that day (seen below), suggesting that the child recharges with a USB cable.

helen @helen XÆ A-12 umbilical cord was definitely a usb cable. that baby doesn't eat or sleep they just charge it

On Reddit, several Redditors also discussed the child's strange name through memes and various threads. One such example was posted by Redditor[5] sAdB0i69 to the r/elonmusk sub. The meme (shown below) received 280 upvotes and 20 comments.

My parents trying to Elon Musk trying to name his name me: son: THE COMPLETE BABY NAMES SECOND EDITION Included Most Popular Names in 2015-2016, Name Meanings & Origns and the Top 1O Names of All Times ELLEN WARREN

The Instagram[6] account memequeen shared another meme referencing the baby later that day, along with the caption, "Who came up with the name???" The post (seen below) was viewed over 50,000 times and liked nearly 5,000 times.

Grimes' Response

That evening, Grimes tweeted[7] an explanation of the child's name, indicating that "X" represented "the unknown variable,"Æ" as the "elven spelling of AI" and "A-12" as the archangel aircraft (shown below).

GRİDDES +e 也界 小仙女。 @Grimezsz •X, the unknown variable X •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) (X metal rat)

Name Update

On May 24th, Grimes responded to a question about the name on Instagram.[8] They wrote, "Did you change the name because of Californian laws? What is the baby's new name?" Grimes wrote, "X Æ-Xii," indicating the numeral 12 had been changed to the Roman numeral "Xii."

O therealsainti Did you change the baby name because of Californian laws ? What is the baby's new name? 19h 179 likes Reply Hide replies grimes @therealsainti X Æ A-Xii 19h 890 likes Reply

Various Examples

"Grimes and Elon Musk have had a baby boy named XÆ A-12" the baby in question: alexandra nikolajev @lexniko 2020: It's Taco Tuesday during the Coronavirus pandemic, a megalomaniac billionaire just named his baby X Æ A-12, while murder hornets invade the planet and a reality star is the President of the United States. Is this real life or are we just day drunk? Happy Cinco de Mayo. Grimes: Elon what should we name our kid? Elon: idk Elon's friend: Yo Elon sorry to interrupt but what the password for your WiFi? Elon:

draingel @xanaxmuncher XÆ A-12 about to roll up like Nebraska Humane Society @NEHumaneSociety This robot dog just showed up at the shelter, announced that its name was XÆ A-12, and told us it wanted to be adopted and we're very scared. Dynamics 3:58 PM · May 5, 2020 · Twitter Web App Elon Musk Give your child a normal әмеи or Draw 25 cards UNO

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External References

[1] Twitter – elonmusk

[2] Twitter – zuunk

[3] Twitter – bobvulfov

[4] Twitter – helen

[5] Reddit – r/elonmusk

[6] Instagram – memequeen

[7] Twitter – @grimeszsz

[8] CBS – Grimes says she and Elon Musk have tweaked their baby's name

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