2B accepted or not?

Caroline Bologna “California Officials Say Elon Musk Isn't Allowed To Name His Baby X Æ A-12” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/elon-musk-baby-name-california-not-allowed_l_5eb41bd9c5b652c56473f63b

5月5日、イーロン・マスク*2とグライムス*3の間に、男の子が誕生したが、その名前は X Æ A-12*4。父親と母親の間で、その発音に関する見解が異なるということも露呈したが*5、それよりも話題になっているのは、カリフォルニア州当局がこの X Æ A-12という名前を果たして受理するのか否かということ。

The California Department of Public Health’s vital records office issues a handbook with guidelines for permissible names. According to that handbook, only “the 26 alphabetical characters of the English language” and “appropriate punctuation” (like hyphens, apostrophes, periods and commas) can appear on vital records like birth certificates.

“No, a name like ‘X Æ A-12’ would not be allowed,” a spokesperson for CDPH told HuffPost, adding that numerals, pictographs, ideograms and diacritical marks such as accent marks do not adhere to the guidelines.

These guidelines aren’t technically laws, so you can’t necessarily call the couple’s chosen baby name illegal. But the effect is similar: X Æ A-12 will not be accepted as the child’s legal name.

“Typically when you have a baby, you fill out a form at the hospital and it’s entered into a computer system. My guess is if they tried to enter this name, the computer would just reject it,” said Carlton F.W. Larson, a professor at UC Davis School of Law who published a 2011 paper on parental naming rights.

“Likely he’d be told you can’t have this as a name on a birth certificate,” he added. “You’d have to enter something else. I think the X and A are OK, but the 12 and the Æ symbol wouldn’t be allowed.”


California’s baby naming rules have come under fire in the past, particularly because diacritical marks are common in Spanish and the state has a large Latinx population*6. The state legislature has explored ― and even passed ― some bills to allow diacritical marks, but those bills have failed to become law, reportedly due to the how much it would cost to update the state’s computer systems*7.

*1:See also http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20070906/1189061438 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20071017/1192588766 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090718/1247899601 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20101205/1291560890 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20101230/1293684644 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20111028/1319820049 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20111111/1321040014 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20130805/1375655816 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20131016/1381886490 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20141202/1417541777 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20150420/1429535226 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20150708/1436358708 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20151125/1448418974 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20160310/1457624745 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20160903/1472925464 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20170810/1502333689 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20180502/1525223623 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/2019/03/09/221549


*3:http://www.grimesmusic.com/ https://twitter.com/Grimezsz

*4:See Jenna Amatulli “Elon Musk And Grimes’ Baby Boy Has Arrived And Here Are Photos” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/elon-musk-grimes-baby_n_5eb19353c5b621964fad431d Carly Ledbetter “Elon Musk Corrects Grimes’ Explanation Of Son’s Name And Grimes Fires Back” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/elon-musk-grimes-explain-sons-name_n_5eb30b0ec5b6dbd807b4dbdc

*5:See Jack Guy “Elon Musk and Grimes reveal how to pronounce baby's name -- but they disagree” https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/08/entertainment/elon-musk-grimes-baby-name-pronunciation-scli-intl/index.html

*6:See Louis Freedberg “PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE / Claim your name” https://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/PERSONAL-PERSPECTIVE-Claim-your-name-2764520.php

*7:See Jazmine Ulloa “What's in a name? This bill would allow accent marks on California birth certificates” https://www.baltimoresun.com/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-what-s-in-a-name-this-bill-would-allow-1484349959-htmlstory.html

*8:See https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20160207/1454861892

*9:Mentioned in https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20091103/1257275112 https://sumita-m.hatenadiary.com/entry/20100104/1262578368