So the word has been out a bit that Elon Musk and Grimes have named their son X Æ A-12. And no, it wasn’t a joke…
The world was stunned. Sure, we figured they would come up with a super obscure name, but…I can’t even type this name out without some severe effort…X Æ A-12. Sheesh.
And although their baby is SUUUUUPER adorable (mine were much more prune-y looking at first), the couple have been sadly informed that they can’t name their baby X Æ A-12 due to California Law.
To prove this name was never meant to be a joke, Grimes broke it down on a Twitter post for us:
TMZ spoke to a supervisor at the Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles, who confirmed it is against California law for symbols and numbers to be used in a name.
A family attorney also confirmed this to People:
“In California, you can only use the ’26 characters’ of the English language in your baby name,” he explained. “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.”
So unfortunately, Elon Musk and Grimes cannot name their kid X Æ A-12. They can definitely call him that…however it’s supposed to be pronounced (someone please tell me), but the birth certificate would have to say something different, maybe just keeping X A.
We will definitely have to keep up with them and find out if they make up a new creative name or find a more suitable-to-California name to work with what they’ve already come up with.