TIL according to the singer Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday), when he was born his father thought looked like “nine-and-a-half pounds of ground chuck” and nicknamed him "Meat". Years later, when he was a heavyset teenage football player, the players and coaches expanded the name to "Meat Loaf".

  1. Yep, while most of stories he told about his nickname had to do with his size, I remember one where he claimed that when he was a teen, he allowed a friend to drive their car's front tire over his head. This prompted one of his other buddies who'd witnessed the death-defying event to look at him and exclaim, "What a meatloaf!"

  2. This is one story I believe because I am friends with someone who went to high school with Meatloaf. Dr Dave told me that there was more than one Marvin on the football team and due to his family nickname they expanded it to Meatloaf because his initials were MLA. Dr Dave loves all animals, guinness pints and has never told me an untruth.

  3. I remember his telling of the father nicknaming him at birth, he had the story of being too fat in school. then there was the one about the Levi ad.

  4. Oh please, everyone knows he used to go by the stage name couscous until Chef told him to change his name and gave him some meatloaf.

  5. His dad sounds like a nice guy, doesn't he? "Sir, congratulations on your new son, he's beautiful! Do you have a name picked out?" Glances at son and grimaces "Looks like a damn pile of meat. Call him Meat. What do you mean I can't name him Meat? Well, whatever, you put what you want on his birth certificate, I'm going to have a beer."

  6. Got a buddy who had parents with serious drug problems and decided to name him Lurch when he was born, literally just for the lulz.

  7. I thought it was because chef told him he needed a strong beefy name. No one wants to go see a guy named couscous.

  8. Herman Cain, Colin Powell, John Prine, Cloris Leachman, Charley Pride, Tiny Lister, Tom Seaver, Roy of Siegfried and Roy... There's been a number of famous people. Oh, and Rossi, the fashion designer.

  9. This reminds me of how Roscoe “Fatty“ Arbuckle was named after US Senator and head of Tammany hall, Roscoe Conkling by his father, because he didn’t believe that he was his son (due to his weight at birth), and named him after the politician, who he hated.

  10. I heard him tell a story in an interview that he got the nickname after a volkswagen beetle was dropped on his head while he lay under it.

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