Singer Grimes and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tuesday the birth of their son, who has been named X Æ A-12 Musk.
The internet reacted to the news with memes, jokes and humor — something that’s not uncommon with celebrity baby names or with Musk, either. Musk has long been a face of internet meme culture.
But now, Grimes has revealed what the name means.
In a tweet, Grimes explained:
- X stands for “the unknown variable.”
- Æ is the elven spelling of AI (love and/or artificial intelligence).
- A-12 is the precursor to SR-17 (the couple’s favorite aircraft, which doesn’t have any weapons or defenses, focusing on speed).
- A also stands for “Archangel,” which is Grime’s favorite song.
So, taken those definitions, the name translates as:
“The unknown variable of love and/or artificial intelligence aircraft.”
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️— 𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰 (⌛️,⏳) ᚷᚱᛁᛗᛖᛋ (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
•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)
X Æ A-12 Musk — we still don’t know how to pronounce the name — is the first child for Grimes and Musk together. Musk has two other children — twins Griffin and Xavier, as well as triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai — from his former marriage, according to CNN.
Grimes announced she was pregnant in January.