Actor and rock musician Meat Loaf is being remembered by fans across the globe following his death on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

He was born Marvin Lee Andy but later changed his name to Michael Lee Aday. However, he was popular by his stage name throughout his career.

But, why did Meat Loaf call himself Meat Loaf? The star had multiple stories to share about his intriguing choice of name.

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Why did Meat Loaf call himself Meat Loaf?

Meat Loaf identified himself by the interesting moniker much before he rose to prominence.

He said on Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now series in 2016 that his father told the hospital to put a “Meat” tag on his crib because his newborn “looked like nine-and-a-half pounds of ground chuck”.

Explaining how he got the second half of his name, he told Oprah that when he was in eighth grade, he stepped on his coach’s foot.

His coach immediately screamed: “Get off my foot, you hunk of meatloaf!” The name stuck with him for the rest of his life.

The rock star had multiple stories about his name

There’s more to the origin of the singer’s name.

He apparently shared a different story with PEOPLE in 1978, claims the outlet.

He said he was called Meat Loaf owing to his size growing up because he was never less than 185 pounds.

Meanwhile, when he appeared on Piers Morgan Live in 2011, he shared yet another version, saying his name’s origin traced back to a Levi’s commercial.

The ad said: “Poor fat Marvin can’t wear Levi’s.” and the musician changed his first name from Marvin to Michael right after that.

But, it wasn’t only that. Explaining the connection between Levi’s commercial and his unique name, the singer said he was six when the commercial came out and he was “so big” that he could “never wear blue jeans.”

“I was called Meat, but people would call me Marvin, and after that, nobody called me Marvin,” he added.

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He will lovingly be remembered as Meat Loaf by fans

Whatever the story behind the singer’s name is, fans will always remember him as the legendary Meat Loaf.

Twitter is flooded with tributes and prayers since they learned about his sad demise.

Sharing one of Meat Loaf’s old clips, a fan tweeted: “Sad day, with the loss of #Meatloaf.. Soundtrack to much of my youth (my best mate used to torture me with it incessantly) After nearly 60 years of music & film (he became quite a good actor), Meat Loaf has finally done “that”

Another added: “Adored Meatloaf, he was so unique, his music was a magic mix- of Rock-Opera-exciting but so full of feeling ! He certainly left a wonderful legacy! RIP”

“Prayers go out to the talented Michael or “Meatloaf”. RIP. And condolences to His family. We used to listen to His music in the Fam. when I was a Kid,” tweeted another fan.