By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Musk and Grimes on a recent Access Hollywood broadcast.
Elon Musk and partner Grimes have changed their baby’s name. Grimes made this revelation on Sunday via Instagram. Grimes was questioned on whether the couple had renamed the baby in order to comply with California law, but she did not elaborate, as was reported by CNet. The baby was initially named X Æ A-12. The baby’s name has been changed to X Æ A-Xii. The Los Angeles Times called this a “sligh” name change. The Los Angeles Times states that Musk and sometime-girlfriend Grimes have not made the pronunciation of the baby’s name any clearer to the general public. The baby is a boy. Both the Tesla pioneer and the Canadian singer shared photos of the child, along with conflicting pronunciations of his name.
Citing CNet, the child was born on May 4. He is now 22 days old. CNet also reports that, when the child’s parents announced his name, some questioned whether California would accept it as valid. The “Æ” may conflict with California’s naming laws. People Magazine spoke with a California lawyer who states that, while the child’s name is technically legal, his birth certificate likely won’t be accepted. Family attorney Glass confirmed that only English language characters are valid for California’s birth certificates.
“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.” said Glass as quoted by People.
Grimes states that she changed the spelling of “A-12” to “Xii” to reflect Roman numbers. She believes that this new spelling of the baby’s name “looks better.”
People Magazine also shared some of the photos of the baby. He is seen wrapped in a blanket with a small hat on his head. His face his also covered in what appears to be temporary tattoos, one of a serpent, the words “Moody” and “Savage” and two graphics, one appearing to be a diamond and the other not clearly visible to the angle of the photographer’s lens.
As one might expect, there was a bit of confusion and criticism for the couple and their unusual naming choice.
“Even though your beautiful son won’t have to worry about money , don’t you think he would like to be treated normal. With a name like this, not working so give him a calling name too, Jim or something like that. He will thank you for it when he is older,” said username Kajan.
”If you and your partner both think that “X AE A-12” is a good name for your infant, then the baby should be in Child Protective Custody,” said another, whose name was left off record for privacy.
Likewise, other users reasoned that the name should be pronounced “Kyle” if one were to pronounce all special characters in the spelling as if they were in Greek and if one were to pronounce “12” as the twelfth letter of the English language “l.” The parents have not confirmed that this is the correct pronunciation.