Actually, the new parents were quite happy with the strange name, but the Californian law thwarts the bill …
Anyone who knows indie musician Grimes and has already read tweets from her boyfriend Elon Musk has only one question on the tip of his tongue: "How do the two fit together?" But it seems to work very well and the two-year relationship has already resulted in a child. The little boy named X Æ A-12.
Mama Grimes explained on Instagram how this is properly pronounced. Here again the summary with phonetic transcription: "X, like the letter X. Then A. I., like you would pronounce the letters A and I one after the other." So: [ˈɛks-ˈeɪ-ˈaɪ].
But since the boy was born in California, the parents are not allowed to officially register this constructed name. Because according to the law only the 26 letters of the English alphabet are allowed. In addition, no emojis, numbers, umlauts or symbols may appear.
Accordingly, we had the premonition that they would give their little one a perfectly normal name without ever revealing it to the public. But it turned out very differently: When asked by the fans, Grimes revealed on Instagram what her son is called on the paper: "X Æ A-Xii" Okay, so no Joe, Jack or Jason … after all.
Incidentally, the name is still pronounced the same way as before. The Xii stays silent because it is the Roman number for 12. In the Insta comments, Grimes even admitted that he found the Roman numerals even more beautiful. Win-win or something!