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Elon Musk and Grimes Upstage Latino Names

Elon Musk and Grimes welcomed their first newborn as a couple on May 4th, and Elon was quick to share a picture of his son with the world!

Not soon after, everyone was asking him to reveal his son’s name…let’s just say his response left us more confused than anything…

X Æ A-12 Musk.

Can I just start by asking, HOW DO YOU EVEN SAY THIS? 

What was funny but almost too familiar about this whole ordeal is that for so many years, we as Latinos have had the hardest time getting people to pronounce our names right, and here is Elon Musk coming up with his own brand new language!

My name is just Ana and Karen put together as one name, and every single time, I see people lose faith the moment they reach the “K.” It’s like they just give up. Luckily, I have learned to laugh about it because this “hardship,” when names are “foreign” here in the states, is ludicrous. So, it’s hard to imagine this poor kid on his first day of Kindergarten.

At least Latinos can say our parents know how to pronounce our names, because it seems that Elon and Grimes are at a disagreement on that. 

Newsweek reports that Musk’s interpretation of his son’s name is  “X Ash Archangel Twelve.” Musk explained that “the ‘X,’ is the letter ‘X,’ and the ‘Æ’ is pronounced ‘ash’ and then ‘A-12’ [was] my contribution. Archangel 12, is the precursor to the SR-71, the coolest plane ever.”

On the contrary Grimes pronunciation does not include Archangel as part of the name. According to her it was only used as inspiration. 

This might not be the last of it though, because apparently X Æ A-12 goes against the California naming standards in which the use of symbols, such as Æ, can’t be used. I mean, if their choice of name doesn’t work out they can always feel free to pile on the last names. From personal experience, I know this works – it runs in my family! More than anything, I was just confused by the pronunciation of X Æ A-12, but kudos to Elon and Grimes for stepping out of the box and doing their own thing!

We can now say that Latinos no longer hold the torch for most confusing or “foreign” names. Elon and Grimes single-handedly took us out of the game. Do you have a confusing name? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP

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