Elon Musk claims strange new Covid strains are ‘giving him kid naming ideas’

Elon Musk has claimed that the names of new Covid variants are giving him inspiration for the names of future children.

The world’s richest man was responding to a story discussing how variants of Omicron are appearing differently around the globe, rather than just as a single strain.

On Twitter, Shibetoshi Nakamoto – the pseudonym for the person behind the cryptocurrency Dodgecoin – posted a screen grab from the article along with a caption.

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“Did Elon Musk name these new covid variants[?]” they asked.

Musk appeared to deny that he was in fact the person behind the naming, but did it admit it was giving him inspiration.

He replied: “Definitely giving me kid naming ideas”.

Musk has a bit of a track record of unusual baby names.

In May 2020, the Tesla founder shared a snap of his and musician Grimes’s newborn son.

The accompanying caption revealed that the baby boy’s name was “X Æ A-12 Musk” – something that people still find impossible to pronounce.

X Æ A-12 was the couple's first child together.

Some people were convinced the name was pronounced as “X Ash Archangel”, in reference to a Lockheed aircraft that is nicknamed Archangel.

On Twitter, one fan mused: "How do you pronounce that even? Like you can't just go "Come here X AE A-12", like is it pronounced John or Smith. You can't just hide this."

Musk himself joked about the pronunciation of the name on Saturday Night lIve last year, saying: “It's pronounced ‘Cat running across the keyboard’.”

But he has also stated that it’s pronounced “X Ash A 12” – and he and Grimes affectionately shorten this to “Ash”.

It’s believed that Musk has a total of 10 kids, including a second child with Grimes that was born via surrogate.

They include five children from a previous marriage – twins Griffin and Xavier and triplets Damian, Saxon and Kai.

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