The news was picked up by almost every major news outlet this week after Elon Musk and Grimes welcomed their newborn baby boy into the world. The couple shared some baby pictures the other day before revealing that they had given him a very unique name. The couple ended up settling on X Æ A-12, which nobody is quite sure how to pronounce.
People have theorized that the name is pronounced “Ash Archangel” after Grimes revealed that they were influenced by the name of their favorite aircraft.
Unfortunately, they received some bad news shortly after the announcement though, learning that they cannot legally name their little boy X Æ A-12.
According to a supervisor at the Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles — where the child is believed to have been born — it is against the law for somebody to have symbols or numbers in their name. California law states that only the 26 letters in the English alphabet can be used.
With that said, the kid’s legal name will need to be something other than X Æ A-12. Perhaps they’ll end up with Ash Archangel, written like that.
Elon Musk and Grimes have not yet commented on the legalities of naming their son X Æ A-12.