Proof that having vast wealth doesn’t protect against lunacy comes to us by way of the latest rendition of the name Tesla billionaire Elon Musk and his Canadian musician girlfriend Grimes,* have bestowed upon their newborn son.
His original name “X Æ A-12“ was rejected by the California Office of Vital Records which only recognizes names that contain the 26 alphabetical characters of the English language, including hyphens and apostrophes. Numbers are banned.
The baby’s new name, altered to comply with state law, is “X Æ A-Xii” which includes Roman numerals instead of the number 12.
It’s true that names go in and out of style as these lists prove. Trendy names, which are all the rage today, will seem hopelessly mundane when half the kids in the first grade class carry the same moniker. Blanche, Dorothy, Hazel and Mildred were once chic, but are now in the name morgue. Though male names are less prone to fads, few parents name their sons Arthur, Clarence, Herman or Wilbur today.
Still, it’s a good bet little X Æ A-Xii might as well have been named Rebel or Maverick, denoting defying authority. He’s likely going to have an issue or two with his parents, and will be anything but passive in his resistance to being an unpronounceable oddity.
It’s strange that father Elon would put his son in such a predicament, since he has written that he suffered relentless bullying as a child and regarded his own “genius” father as evil.
* Her parents named her Claire Elise Boucher.