Even tech billionaires sometimes run afoul of the rules. Elon musk kid name, the CEO of Tesla Motors, may need to reevaluate his choice for naming his new baby boy X AE A-12.
On Monday, Elon Musk and his girlfriend, singer Grimes, welcomed a baby son. During an interview with podcast host Joe Rogan this week, Musk identified the second character as “ash,” saying it should be pronounced X-Ash-A-12.
California, where elon musk kid name resides, only allows the 26 English letters of the alphabet and a limited selection of special characters such as apostrophes, hyphens, and periods to be used on birth certificates – meaning no numbers or AE symbols can be included.
It remains uncertain if Musk will need to change the baby’s name or if the couple may have used an entirely different name on their legal birth certificate. Already, Twitter is abuzz with theories as to whether Musk is playing games by revealing the name.
Tesla and Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
It’s not the first time a tech founder billionaire’s willingness to break rules has led them into conflict with local, state, and even federal regulations. It’s part of Silicon Valley’s culture to “move fast and break things,” an early Facebook motto that has become deeply embedded in how many start-ups and their founders think today.
Apple visionary Steve Jobs once circumvented a license plate requirement on his Mercedes, taking advantage of a now-closed loophole – but it required him to replace the car every six months.
Mark Zuckerberg tried to secure exclusive rights to the land he purchased in Hawaii but faced opposition from residents which led him to backtrack.
Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla tried to restrict access to a popular California public beach after purchasing large parcels that included only an access road – prompting a lawsuit from the state.
Musk himself has previously come under fire for his arrogant remarks. In 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission fined him and Tesla each $20 million after Musk tweeted that he could take Tesla private for $420 a share. Furthermore, British cave explorer Stuart Armstrong sued Musk for defamation after calling him a “pedo guy” in a tweet; ultimately winning the lawsuit in which Musk prevailed.
Recently, he has been advocating for the repeal of shelter-in-place orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, however, his efforts will come up against California rules regarding names.
At a podcast interview with Musk, Musk gave Grimes credit for coming up with most of the name for the Archangel-12 plane but said the A-12 was his contribution – an homage to Archangel-12 itself. This Lockheed A-12 served as a precursor to Musk’s beloved SR-71 – which he described as the “coolest plane ever.”
X Æ A-12 Musk
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 5, 2020
Grimes offered an interpretation of the name on Twitter, noting that X stands for “unknown variable,” AE is her elven spelling for love or artificial intelligence, and A-12 stands for Archangel-12.
*X, the unknown variable
*AE, my elven spelling of Ai (love and/or Artificial intelligence).
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️
•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)
— 𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰 (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020
*A-12 is the predecessor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). With no weapons or defenses, just speed, it was designed with only one purpose in mind – speed. Unbeatable in battle but non-violent as well.
(A=Archangel, my favorite song)
Grimezsz (@Grimezsz) May 6, 2020.
Twitter users have suggested the name is pronounced: “Kyle.” This theory holds that X is the Greek letter Chi, with a K sound; AE creates an “ai” sound; and A-12 stands for L – the 12th letter of the alphabet.