The Brief: Elon Musk and Grimes named their baby X Æ A-12, inspiring memes about their name choice and parenting style.
On May 4, 2020, Elon Musk and Grimes shared the name of their newborn baby, X Æ A-12, and memes inevitably followed. With Musk and Grimes’ notorious eccentricity, this unique name comes as no surprise. However, even among celebrity baby names like North, Gravity, and Banjo, X Æ A-12 is a bit unusual.
X Æ A-12 Musk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
What Does X Æ A-12 Mean?
Neither Elon nor Grimes have clarified the meaning or pronunciation of their child’s name, but some people have speculated that the name is a way of writing out “X Ash Archangel” with Æ being an e-ligature named ash and A-12 being an aircraft known as “Archangel.” Although it may look like a mathematical equation or piece of computer code, the name does not seem to be either.
X Ash Archangel? pic.twitter.com/cRhNptBiU7
— Viv 🐉 (@flcnhvy) May 5, 2020
Elon Musk & Grimes Baby Name Memes
Elon Musk and Grimes’ choice of baby names has inspired numerous X Æ A-12 memes, many of which joke about the pronunciation of the name or suggest that the baby will have alien or robot-like qualities. Their baby name choice fits in perfectly with Elon Musk and Grimes’ parenting style which included a cryptic and other-worldly pregnancy announcement.
grimes calling X Æ A-12 to clean his room
— Tin #⃝ (@flawlessmorpher) May 5, 2020
A welcome message from the “Los Feliz Daycare” parody account:
Welcome to Los Feliz Daycare, X Æ A-12 (0 weeks, pronounced “Anthony”)! You’ll always have a charging station here.
— Los Feliz Daycare (@LosFelizDaycare) May 5, 2020
the doctor walking into Grimes’ delivery room as she gives birth to X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/sRHZFv2XOx
— jake faris (@fake_jaris) May 5, 2020
An apt reference to that epic Key & Peele sketch:
“DO YOU WANT TO GO TO WAR X Æ A-12?!” pic.twitter.com/2Vc13mPrh0
— ziwe (@ziwe) May 5, 2020
"no, my son is also named X Æ A-12" pic.twitter.com/IFcx1iHGzh
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) May 5, 2020
grimes: open wide! here comes the train!
X Æ A-12:
— charlie (@FAGINISM) May 5, 2020
the sound X Æ A-12 makes to let mommy kno it’s hungry pic.twitter.com/NbxQinLNC3
— helen (@helen) May 5, 2020
elon: our baby is about to say his first words!
X Æ A-12 : pic.twitter.com/qzGbCv6ZUn
— Sive 1 (@sivemorten) May 5, 2020
Note: this is (probably) not how X Æ A-12 is actually pronounced.