What's In A Name? Elon Musk's And Grime's Child Now Named After A Symbol, 'Curiosity, The Eternal Question'

Zinger Key Points
  • Grimes reveals on Twitter that her daughter with Musk is now known as Y.
  • The California government won't allow the child to be officially known as "?"

If William Shakespeare had created California’s baby name laws, Grimes and Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk may have been able to officially change their daughter’s name to a symbol.

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet,” the famous English playwright and poet wrote in "Romeo and Juliet," first performed in 1597.

Unfortunately for Grimes, California law prohibits the use of symbols in a name, which means she won’t be able to change her one-year-old daughter’s name from Exa Dark Sideræl to “?” At least on the birth certificate, according to Business Insider.

What Happened: Grimes revealed on Twitter Thursday that her daughter, formerly known as Exa, is now Y, “Why” or just “?” The Canadian singer and songwriter, born Claire Elise Boucher, said her daughter’s new name reflects “curiosity, the eternal question, .. and such.”

Grimes, who broke up with Musk in March of last year, has two children with the billionaire, both with names that fall far from what is traditional. Y’s older brother, born in May 2020, was renamed X Æ A-Xii after the Office of Vital Records in California wouldn’t allow Grimes and Musk to name him X Æ A-12. Musk regularly refers to his youngest-born son as just X.

It likely won’t take Y long to get used to her new name. In an April 2022 Vanity Fair interview, when Grimes accidentally revealed her daughter’s existence when the baby started crying, she said Y was the child’s nickname.

What’s More: Grimes and Musk, who are known to be secretive about their relationship status, also rarely post pictures of their children to social media.

On Thursday, Grimes posted a picture of Y with green hair and a red jumpsuit next to a picture of herself in a similar style, which she captioned with Y, dragon emoji, C (an alphabetical letter Grimes answers to).

With the two parents and two children having single-letter nicknames — Grimes refers to Musk as just “E” — it could be fitting if Grimes and Musk reunited to have a third child to finish off the alphabet and give X and Y a little brother or sister named Z.

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