Elon Musk and Grimes' Baby Name isn't Valid Under California La



On Thursday, Elon Musk was a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and, although the episode stretched on for 2 hours, it only took Rogan 36 seconds to ask the foremost important question of the week. "How does one say the name?" he asked, referencing Musk's three-day old infant, X Æ A-12.

"First of all, my partner's the one that mostly came up with the name. She's great at names," Musk said, referencing Grimes. "I mean, it's just X, the letter X, and therefore the Æ is pronounced 'Ash,' then A-12 is my contribution."

He then explained that the last part was a regard to "the coolest plane ever." Archangel was the CIA's code name for the Lockheed A-12, a reconnaissance aircraft that was flown on a couple of missions over Vietnam and North Korea within the late 1960s. (Rogan laughed twice during Musk's explanation, at both the Æ and therefore the Archangel-12 part, which could be the foremost relatable thing that has ever happened during his show.)

That should've cleared up a few of minor mysteries about the infant, but in responses to commenters on Instagram, Grimes suggested that Archangel was a regard to the song of an equivalent name by British dubstep producer Burial. She also typed out a special pronunciation. "It's just X, just like the letter X. Then A.I. like how you said the letter A then I," she wrote.

Between that and Musk correcting Grimes' explanation of the name's components on Twitter, everything seems to be going great thus far. And on top of all that, there's still the larger question of whether X Æ A-12's name can even be legally recorded.

It's believed that Grimes gave birth in California, and therefore the state specifically says that a child's certificate must be "completed using the 26 alphabetical characters of English language." The Birth Registration Handbook written by the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records, says that the name on a baby's certificate cannot have pictographs or ideograms (yeah, like emoji).

Because Æ isn't an English character — although it's a letter within the Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, and Norwegian alphabets — the handbook suggests that it might not be permitted on baby X Æ A-12's certificate. (VICE has reached bent the California Department of Public Health for comment.)

According to one family law attorney, the certificate would presumably be rejected if it included the Æ. "[W] ith the odd numbers, dashes, and symbols, it'll be submitted then rejected and they'll be asked to submit it again," David Glass told People. "They have a chance to appeal the rejection of the certificate application but it's unlikely that it'll be granted because, again, California ... has been battling using symbols."

The Birth Registration Handbook references California State Constitution, Article 3, Section 6 in its' English only "requirement. That entire section was added as an amendment in 1986, and it formally declared that English is that the official language of California." This section is meant to preserve, protect and strengthen English language, "it says, adding that" the Legislature shall make no law which diminishes or ignores the role of English because the common language of the State of California. "

The amendment has also been wont to prohibit the utilization of any diacritical marks on birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses that were issued within the state. The ban on accents, cedillas, tildes, and umlauts wasn't challenged until 2014, when the state Assembly Committee on Appropriations determined that it could cost "in more than $ 10 million" to update the pc systems at the Department of Public Health and therefore the DMV in order that they could handle Sebastián, Sébastien or, um, Beyoncé.

Three years later, Assemblyman Jose Medina tried again, proposing Assembly Bill 82, which required that any diacritic on an English letter should be "properly recorded" by the State Registrar. “A name is closely tied to a person’s identity, history, and heritage,” he said. "It should be accurate represented on important documents, and fogeys should have the proper to settle on a reputation without government interference."

The bill skilled both the State Assembly and therefore the State Senate, before being sunk by then-governor Jerry Brown, mostly for those self same IT-related reasons. "Mandating the utilization of diacritical marks on certain state and native vital records without a corresponding requirement for all state and federal records may be a difficult and expensive proposition," he wrote in his veto message. "This bill would create inconsistencies in vital records and need significant state funds to exchange or modify existing registration systems."

So X Æ A-12 could be out of luck, unless Elon and Grimes drop the dash, the digits, which Æ symbol that both of them seem to both pronounce differently. Good luck, little guy!

This article originally appeared on VICE US.
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