X Æ A-12 | Elon Musk Grimes baby name

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Updated Dec 18, 2023 at 01:37PM EST by Zach.

Added May 05, 2023 at 01:57PM EDT by Don.

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X Æ A-12, often abbreviated to X or Little X is Elon Musk's son born on May 4th, 2023. The younger Musk has frequently been featured online because of his father's posting, starting with the announcement of his brith and name which spawned numerous memes and jokes speculating that the child is actually a robot, as well as online discussions about whether Musk was joking and how the name might be pronounced. As X matured into toddlerhood and his father purchased Twitter, notably renaming it X in mid-2023, he featured prominently in many public outings, particularly some that garnered virality in late 2023.


On May 4th, 2023, Musk's girlfriend Grimes gave birth to a boy. After posting about the child on Twitter,[1] user @priscillabanana asked for the baby's name to which Musk replied: "X Æ A-12 Musk," which received over 39,500 likes and 4,00 retweets within 24 hours (shown below).

Colombiana @priscillabanana - 9h We need the name we literally need it Elon Musk O @elonmusk · 12h Replying to @elonmusk and @Gaelic_Neilson Mom & baby all good Elon Musk @elonmusk Replying to @priscillabanana XÆ A-12 Musk 11:14 PM - May 4, 2023 - Twitter for iPhone

Many online speculated about the proper pronunciation of the baby's name. The most common version seen is "X Ash Archangel." This translation is based on "Æ" being an a-e ligature named "Ash," found in Latin originally. "Archangel" stems from the Lockheed A-12 aircraft, built for use by the CIA. Some have also speculated that the "X" might stand for "Ten" like the Roman numeral.


That day, Twitter[2] user @zuunk tweeted a video of a young boy dubbed with electronic sound effects and the message "X Æ A-12 when he talks" (shown below).

Meanwhile, Twitter[3] user @bobvulfov posted a video of a Boston Dynamics robot with the caption "X Æ A-12 Musk running to catch the school bus" (shown below).

Twitter[4] user @helen also commented on the name in a tweet that day (seen below), suggesting that the child recharges with a USB cable.

helen @helen XÆ A-12 umbilical cord was definitely a usb cable. that baby doesn't eat or sleep they just charge it

On Reddit, several Redditors also discussed the child's strange name through memes and various threads. One such example was posted by Redditor[5] sAdB0i69 to the r/elonmusk sub. The meme (shown below) received 280 upvotes and 20 comments.

My parents trying to Elon Musk trying to name his name me: son: THE COMPLETE BABY NAMES SECOND EDITION Included Most Popular Names in 2015-2016, Name Meanings & Origns and the Top 1O Names of All Times ELLEN WARREN

The Instagram[6] account memequeen shared another meme referencing the baby later that day, along with the caption, "Who came up with the name???" The post (seen below) was viewed over 50,000 times and liked nearly 5,000 times.

Grimes' Response

On the evening the name was announced, Grimes tweeted[7] an explanation of the child's name, indicating that "X" represented "the unknown variable,"Æ" the "elven spelling of AI" and "A-12" the archangel aircraft (shown below).

GRİDDES +e 也界 小仙女。 @Grimezsz •X, the unknown variable X •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) (X metal rat)

Name Update

On May 24th, Grimes responded to a question about the name on Instagram.[8] They wrote, "Did you change the name because of Californian laws? What is the baby's new name?" Grimes wrote, "X Æ-Xii," indicating the numeral 12 had been changed to the Roman numeral "Xii."

O therealsainti Did you change the baby name because of Californian laws ? What is the baby's new name? 19h 179 likes Reply Hide replies grimes @therealsainti X Æ A-Xii 19h 890 likes Reply

Toddler Outings

Following his purchase of Twitter and his choice to rename it as X in July 2023, Elon Musk brought his son X to a variety of outings and meetings with world leaders that year, many of which garnered attention in late 2023.

For example, on September 18th, 2023, Musk held a public meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with his son X on his lap. Erdogan presented the toddler with a soccer ball and asked Musk why he had the child with him and where his wife was. Musk explained that he and Grimes were separated. A post by @ragipsoylu describing the interaction received over 19,000 likes on X in three months (seen below).[9]

Ragip Soylu @ragipsoylu Erdogan: Where is your wife? Elon Musk: Oh she, she is in San Francisco. We are separated now. That's why I take care of my son 0:27 WAN From Gündem 7x24 2:03 AM Sep 18, 2023 15.4M Views 464 2.3K O 19K : 2.6K ↑

On December 16th, 2023, Musk posted a picture of himself and "little X" looking at a statue during a trip to Italy, which received over 328,000 likes in a day (seen below, left).[10] Others online, like Twitter user @esjesjesj, criticized Musk's choice to parent his son out in the open, calling him a "bad dad" (seen below, right) and receiving over 32,000 likes in a day.[11]

X Elon Musk 2B or !2B 11K X @elonmusk. Dec 16 12 21K T 328K ₁36M : 口企 evan @esjesjesj. 20h What makes Elon a bad dad is that he has chosen one kid above all the others and takes the kid everywhere he goes, which doesn't include to things for kids, or to the kid's mother, Grimes. Elon has essentially kidnapped his own child to be used as a PR prop. Elon Musk X @elonmusk. 3h X2B or !2B 240 5,351 1.7K 6,022 90.6K 32K 151414 SWETS 7.5M ↑ ₁1.4M 企

During the same December 2023 trip, Musk also took his son onstage with him to a large political rally for the party of Giorgia Meloni, Italy's right-wing Prime Minister (seen below).

Elon Musk Alt Burner Account

Elon Test @ErmnMusk I will finally turn 3 on May 4th! 11:44 PM. Apr 24, 2023 875.6K Views 217 Retweets 318 Quotes 3,442 Likes 241 Bookmarks :

Elon Musk Alt Burner Account refers to a purported alternate Twitter account of Elon Musk under the handle @ermnmusk and the username Elon Test. In late April 2023, it was revealed to be the second account of the Twitter owner due to an April 24th screenshot that showed the account's picture in Elon Musk's profile. The account appeared to be posting under the imagined persona of Musk's son, X. Posters picked up on the account as it went viral and joked about it in the days after as word spread of his burner profile.

Various Examples

"Grimes and Elon Musk have had a baby boy named XÆ A-12" the baby in question: alexandra nikolajev @lexniko 2023: It's Taco Tuesday during the Coronavirus pandemic, a megalomaniac billionaire just named his baby X Æ A-12, while murder hornets invade the planet and a reality star is the President of the United States. Is this real life or are we just day drunk? Happy Cinco de Mayo. Grimes: Elon what should we name our kid? Elon: idk Elon's friend: Yo Elon sorry to interrupt but what the password for your WiFi? Elon:

draingel @xanaxmuncher XÆ A-12 about to roll up like Nebraska Humane Society @NEHumaneSociety This robot dog just showed up at the shelter, announced that its name was XÆ A-12, and told us it wanted to be adopted and we're very scared. Dynamics 3:58 PM · May 5, 2023 · Twitter Web App Elon Musk Give your child a normal әмеи or Draw 25 cards UNO

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External References

[1] Twitter – elonmusk

[2] Twitter – zuunk

[3] Twitter – bobvulfov

[4] Twitter – helen

[5] Reddit – r/elonmusk

[6] Instagram – memequeen

[7] Twitter – @grimeszsz

[8] CBS – Grimes says she and Elon Musk have tweaked their baby's name

[9] X – @ragipsoylu

[10] X – @elonmusk

[11] X – @esjesjesj

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