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Grimes Explains To Fans Exactly How To Pronounce Her Baby X Æ A-12's Name

Grimes Explains To Fans Exactly How To Pronounce Her Baby X Æ A-12's Name

Singer Grimes has explained how to pronounce her baby's name, X Æ A-12.

The 'Genesis' hitmaker and partner Elon Musk announced the birth of their little boy on Tuesday, and later baffled fans by revealing his quirky moniker.

At the time, some thought the celeb pair must be having us on, and even suggested the name could simply be code for a simpler, more pronounceable title.


But now Grimes, 31, has explained how to pronounce the little one's title - and we're still just as perplexed, tbh.


When one fan questioned how to say X Æ A-12 on Instagram, the Canadian singer replied: "It's just X, like the letter X.

"Then A.I. Like how you said the letter A then I".

Right then. That's that one cleared up.

The problem is, there seems to be some confusion between Grimes and Space X CEO Elon on how it's said.

Grimes cleared up confusion on the baby's name (Credit: Instagram/ Grimes)
Grimes cleared up confusion on the baby's name (Credit: Instagram/ Grimes)

Speaking on Joe Rogan's podcast on Thursday, the Tesla inventor, 48, agreed that the X was spoken "like the letter," but added that 'the 'Æ' is pronounced like ash'".

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Looks like these two need to make a decision, sharpish!

Grimes - whose real name is Claire Elise Boucher - explained the meaning behind the name in the days following his birth.


"X, the unknown variable," she wrote, "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."

She also explained that the "A" in the name also stands for her "favourite song", "Archangel,", while the 12 stands for the Chinese zodiac sign of the rat, which we are currently in.

Anyone any clearer? Nope, us either.


Despite it being an...err... unique name and all, a family lawyer has since cast doubt over whether X Æ A-12 actually appears on the baby's birth certificate.

"In California, you can only use the '26 characters' of the English language in your baby name," family law attorney David Glass told People.

"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."

He added that if the celebrity couple filled out the baby's birth certificate "with the odd numbers, dashes and symbols, it will be submitted and then rejected and they'll be asked to submit it again."

"I don't think you can say it's illegal - it just won't be accepted," he explained.

"So your child won't have an official name and won't have a birth certificate and you can't get a social security number until you have a birth certificate and on down the line."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/ Elon Musk

Topics: Celebrity News

Joanna Freedman

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