Elon Musk and Grimes, both resembling Bond villains. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Elon Musk and Grimes have officially introduced the world to their first child together, sharing a photo of their new son on Twitter, Musk confirming both mother and child to be safe and healthy.
Their chosen name for their son, however, has raised eyebrows.
Memes speculating on the weird baby name the unconventional couple would likely choose for their child have been floating around the internet ever since the pregnancy was announced.
And Musk certainly didn’t disappoint, announcing his son’s name on Twitter as “X Æ A-12.”
It’s not entirely clear if Musk was joking; his Twitter page is filled with absurdist, surreal humor, in-between regular Tesla and SpaceX updates.
Musk might be a controversial figure nowadays, but whatever your opinion of the man, it’s clear that he has a gift for marketing, able to attract attention even during the unrelenting weirdness of 2020, and his bizarre baby name has the entire internet speculating on a potential meaning, and cracking jokes.
One resourceful Twitter user reckons the name is a code for “X Ash Archangel,” as “Æ” is pronounced “ash,” and “Archangel” was the internal codename for the CIA’s A-12 aircraft.
Musk even liked the tweet, which is the closest thing we currently have to a confirmation. But the speculation didn’t stop there, as Twitter users combed Grime’s music library for clues, along with Musk’s previously registered domain name, X.com.
So, which is it? Archangel? X? Jão? Neon Genesis Evangelion?
“Ash” appears to be the most likely candidate; after all, Musk has five other sons with his first wife, author Justine Musk: Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon, and Kai. Those names aren’t particularly strange (by celebrity standards, anyway), and Ash seems to fit the bill.
Musk seems to have sneakily given his son a perfectly normal name, while maintaining his reputation as a unpredictable eccentric, keeping his name and “brand” in the headlines for at least another week.
Sounds perfectly in character.