Since his birth was announced in early May and he was immediately memed, the newborn son of Elon Musk and Grimes has fascinated the internet—mainly because of his name, X Æ A-12.
While Grimes broke down the origin of the name on Twitter, and Musk pronounced it on Joe Rogan’s podcast, it has apparently proven more difficult in terms of a California rule regarding names. After posting a photo to Instagram on Sunday, the musician responded to one comment about whether she and Musk changed the baby’s name, stating it’s now X Æ A-Xii. She added: “Roman numerals. Looks better tbh.”
The rule in California states that a baby’s name must include only the 26 letters of the alphabet. A family law attorney told People earlier this month that Roman numerals wouldn’t be valid either, and that a birth certificate with the original name might be rejected. In 2014, a bill to update the rule was circulated but apparently it was too costly to update the state’s system.
While we possibly await another name change, the memes continue.