Meat Loaf

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Meat Loaf in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Marvin Lee Aday

Date of Birth: September 27, 1947

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: January 20, 2022

Place of Death: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Irish, distant Dutch, French, and German, remote Norwegian and Italian, including Sicilian

Meat Loaf was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is known for his albums “Bat Out of Hell,” “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” and “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.” Among his many acting roles were the films The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Out of Bounds, Black Dog, Fight Club, The Mighty, and Stage Fright (2014). He was also credited as Meat Loaf Aday, Meatloaf, and Michael Lee Aday.

Meat Loaf was the son of Wilma Artie (Hukel), a teacher, and Orvis Wesley Aday, a police officer. His father sold a homemade cough remedy, as the Griffin Grocery Company, and his mother was a member of the Vo-di-o-do Girls gospel quartet. Meat Loaf changed his first name from Marvin to Michael. Meat Loaf was married to Deborah Gillespie, until his death. He had two children, singer Pearl Aday and actress Amanda Aday, with his former wife Leslie G. Edmonds.

Meat Loaf’s paternal grandfather was Marvin Wesley Aday (the son of Ellis L. Aday and Mary Elizabeth Bush). Meat Loaf’s grandfather Marvin was born in Texas. Ellis was the son of Robert W. Aday and Mary Sarah. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of James Bush and Martha Berry.

Meat Loaf’s paternal grandmother was Eula Jane Myers/Mires/Mars (the daughter of John Mires and Sarah Jane Atteberry). Eula was born in Texas. Sarah was the daughter of Churchwell Archibold Carter Atteberry and Elizabeth Amanda Gardner.

Meat Loaf’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. David Lee Hukel (the son of James Silas C. Hukel and Mary Amney Ferrell). The Rev. David was born in Missouri, and was a Church of Christ pastor. James was the son of William Lyason Hukill/Hukel and Narcissa Letrege Schooler. Mary was the daughter of Robert H. Ferrell and Catherine Lightner.

Meat Loaf’s maternal grandmother was Charlsie Norrod (the daughter of James Alexander Norrod and Mary Alice Moore). Charlsie was born in Texas. James was the son of Rebecca Looper. Mary Alice was the daughter of John Robert Moore and Jemima Adaline/Angeline Rozelle/Russell.

Meat Loaf’s fourth great-grandfather, John Ferrell, was Irish. His fifth great-grandmother, Margaret de Vane, had French ancestry. Through her, Meat Loaf was also descended from Anne Marie Martinozzi, who was Italian, of half Sicilian descent, and was the niece of Cardinal Mazarin, a diplomat and politician, who served as the Chief Minister to the Kings of France, Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Meat Loaf was also descended from Bartholomew Taliaferro, an Italian who moved to England in the 1500s, and was the founder of a prominent family in mostly Virginia and Maryland.

Sources: Genealogies of Meat Loaf –

Meat Loaf’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Meat Loaf’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. ses101 says:

    The surname Aday/Ady came from Berwickshire in Scotland.

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