Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Tuesday the birth of a new baby boy, which him and his partner named “X Æ A-12 Musk”


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Tuesday the birth of a new baby boy with his partner, canadian musician Grimes, according to CNN. He made the announcement on twitter, and told a fan that they had chosen to call him X Æ A-12 Musk. The name quickly started trending, with fans wondering what the name means and how it is pronounced. Grimes revealed on twitter later that day the meaning of each character of the baby boy’s name. She explained that the “X” stands for “the unknown variable.” “Æ” is the Elven spelling of AI, which stands for artificial intelligence and translates to “love” in many languages including Japanese. ~

Grimes then shared that the last part of the name is a reference to the couple’s favorite aircraft. “A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent,” she said. She finished the message by saying that the “A’ in the name also stands for “Archangel,” her favorite song. While she broke down every character in the name, she did not inform fans how to pronounce it. X Æ A-12 is the first child that Musk, 48, and Grimes, 32, have had together. Musk has five other children from a previous marriage, twins Griffin and Xavier, and triplets Damian, Saxon, and Kai. ~

The couple has since shared pronunciations of the name, although their pronunciations differed from each other slightly. “It’s just X, like the letter X. Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I,” wrote Grimes on Thursday in response to a question on Instagram. However, Musk had a different pronunciation of the name in the conversation he had with podcast host Joe Rogan that was released on Thursday, but he does credit Grimes with coming up with the name. “First of all, my partner is the one that, actually, mostly, came up with the name,” he said. “Yeah, she’s great at names.” Rogan then asked how to say it, to which Musk responded: “I mean it’s just X, the letter X. And then, the Æ is, like, pronounced ‘Ash’… and then, A-12, A-12 is my contribution.” ~

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