X Æ A-12: Craziest celebrity baby name ever
There are unique celebrity baby names, and then there are really unique celebrity baby names. The list of Top Baby Names of 2020, celebrity version, has got to be led by the Elon Musk-Grimes baby name, X Æ A XII.
When I first heard about the baby boy’s name, originally X Æ A-12, I thought it had to be a publicity stunt, or a joke.
I didn’t want to have to figure out how to type that weird letter in the middle, much less pronounce X Æ A-12. I mean, do the spaces between the letters or the hyphen even have a pronunciation? Do you just pause?
If I held off writing something, I figured, maybe they’d announce that the baby’s name was something sensible like Psalm or Moxie Crimefighter or even Tesla. In fact, the name of Musk’s car company is becoming practically a normal baby name, given to over 100 baby girls and seven boys last year.
But it looks as if I, along with that defenseless baby, are stuck with dealing with this absurd (there, I said it) name for the rest of our lives.
New father Musk, who recently called stay-at-home orders “fascist”, announced the baby’s name via Twitter:
In response to a question on whether she and Musk realized they were naming a human being, not a piece of music, Grimes said:
Okay, I can vibe with that too. Lots of parents today are giving their babies names inspired by literature, like Eloise or Holden or even Story. They’re inventing new name spellings, turning words into names, creatively finding ways to make their children’s names unique.
Once you open the door on a name trend, you can’t get it back in the barn, especially if a celebrity’s running loose in the field. I mean, if you can name a baby Paris or Kenya, why NOT Chicago? If Seven can be a name, why can’t 12?
And if you can spell Olivia Alyveah, why can’t you spell Xavier X Æ A-12? That was one theory about what the strange collection of letters and numbers was meant to represent, until someone pointed out that Musk ALREADY has a son named Xavier. He has in fact five older sons, a set of twins plus a set of triplets, with the regulation names Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Kai, and Saxon. Okay, well, Saxon may have sounded a warning bell.
Perhaps X Æ A-12 is simply a baby name of the future, and will one day come to seem as normal as Blue and Suri do now. After all, the pool of baby names is constantly expanding, and the number of babies receiving truly unique names is growing all the time.
Some wackily-named celebrity children famously changed their names to something more “normal”: Barbara Hershey and David Carradine’s son Free, for instance, renamed himself Tom when he was nine. Others, like Dweezil Zappa, have leaned into what started as a nickname (he was christened Ian Donald Calvin Euclid).
And what of little X Æ A-12? He might grow up to have lots of friends with unconventional punctuation and characters in their names. Maybe he’ll call himself Exie. But don’t look for X Æ A-12 to show up in Nameberry’s database any time soon.
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on May 6th, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Am I the only one still not sure how to pronounce it??? It makes zero sense. There are PLENTY of quirk, off beat, nerdy, even made up names that one can choose…this one is just absolutely out of this world bizarre
on May 7th, 2020 at 4:57 am
I’m not sure how to pronounce it either! Although I did read that they legally can’t name him that because the state of California doesn’t allow special characters or numbers, so I’m not sure what they’ll do instead.
on May 7th, 2020 at 11:35 pm
I think the child’s name is just Asher Archangel and they’re just messing with us.
But you should add it to the database. There was another one in there accidentally heavy on the symbols because of a code glitch. It had some funny commentary and I think nameberry left it up for everyone’s amusement. 🙂
on May 8th, 2020 at 6:25 am
I thought, and heard others say, that the announcement was some sort of riddle and the baby’s name is Asher or Ash or Sasha. It doesn’t seem like his dad has a penchant for particularly strange names (Saxon is a little out there, but I’ve seen much, much weirder.) I think Asher would go well with his brothers’ names so I’m choosing to believe that’s the name 😀
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