Elon Musk is either bad at typing, bad at cracking jokes or terrible at choosing baby names after announcing that his newborn son with Grimes will be called “X Æ A-12.”
The eccentric billionaire announced last week that he would “own no house” and lost billions of dollars by tweeting about Tesla’s stock, so it could really be any combination of those possibilities at this point.
And no, he didn’t confuse the baby with a SpaceX rocket.
Musk tweeted the first photos of his new baby boy late Monday and early Tuesday after his Canadian girlfriend (real name Claire Elise Boucher) gave birth in California.
“Mom and baby all good,” Musk tweeted late on Monday, before adding that the child is a boy.
His Twitter followers clamoured for the name so Musk seemingly provided it: “X Æ A-12 Musk.”
He did not explain how to pronounce it, nor did he offer shortcuts for typing that “Æ” into your keyboard. You’re just going to have to copy and paste it.
He then shared a photo of the child with tattoos photoshopped onto his face.
“Never too young for some ink haha,” he wrote.
Musk finally shared a more traditional “dad holding son” photo an hour later.
Several Musk fans treated the name like a code and did their best to unravel it. They ultimately came up with the theory that the child’s real name is X Ash Archangel — a theory that Musk “liked” on Twitter.
Æ is a fancy character in linguistics known as a ligature, which blends two characters together. This one is known as “ash,” which might hint at the child’s real name.
Multiple Redditors suggested that “A-12” is a reference to the Lockheed A-12, an aircraft known by its nickname “Archangel.”
Musk has five sons with his former wife, Justine Wilson. Their names are Damian, Griffin, Xavier, Saxon and Kai. He also had a child named Nevada who died of sudden infant death syndrome.
Many Twitter users suggested that this child will be a bit … different … given its eccentric parents.