Elon Musk, Grimes baby name X Æ A-12 will be rejected by California: Reports

Elon Musk and Grimes arrive at the Met Gala in New York, US, 2018. (File photo: Reuters)

California will reject the name X Æ A-12, chosen by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and singer Grimes for their newborn baby, according to a report by US magazine People.

The magazine spoke with family law attorney David Glass, who explained that the name is not illegal, but that California – the US state where the baby was born – will not accept it as valid.

“In California, you can only use the 26 characters of the English language in your baby name,” Glass said. “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.”

A birth certificate filled out with “X Æ A-12” can be submitted to the state but due to “the odd numbers, dashes and symbols, it will be submitted and then rejected and they’ll be asked to submit it again,” he added.

California does allow a rejected birth certificate to be refiled, but it is unlikely to be granted because the state does not have the capacity to accept symbols, Glass told People magazine.

“They tried to change the [rule] back in 2014 to allow certain characters, accents or umlauts – those sorts of things – and the bill got dropped because [of the cost] to upgrade their computer systems to allow these accents,” Glass explained.

Obtaining an official name and birth certificate is an important step in the US. Without a certificate, an individual is unable to apply for a social security number, which is necessary to participate in many parts of the US economy.

An elf-like name

Musk, 48, announced the birth and naming of X Æ A-12 to his Twitter followers on Tuesday, adding that “Mom & baby all good.”

Canadian musician Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, later gave a full breakdown of the name to curious followers.

She tweeted, “X, the unknown variable. Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence). A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent + (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (metal rat)”

Musk followed up the announcement of the baby’s birth with an altered picture of X Æ A-12 showing him with face tattoos captioned “Never too young for some ink haha.”

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