PEOPLE recently spoke with David Glass, a family law attorney who explained that while Grimes (whose real name is Claire Boucher) and Musk's baby boy's name isn't technically illegal, it won't be accepted as valid by the state.
"In California, you can only use the '26 characters' of the English language in your baby name," he said. "Thus, you can't have numbers, Roman numerals, accents, umlauts or other symbols or emojis. Although an apostrophe, for a name like 'O'Connor,' is acceptable."
Glass added that if the new parents filled out X Æ A-12's birth certificate at the hospital "with the odd numbers, dashes and symbols, it will be submitted and then rejected and they'll be asked to submit it again" and a granted appeal on the rejection would be "unlikely."
"I don't think you can say it's illegal — it just won't be accepted," Glass adds. "So your child won't have an official name and won't have a birth certificate and you can't get a social security number until you have a birth certificate and on down the line."
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