People Are Only Just Realizing Why The Beatles Spell Their Name With An A

By Harsh Rana in Showbiz On 9th July 2024

A TikToker recently uncovered why The Beatles spell their name with an A, and it turns out many Americans had no idea either.

What's the greatest band ever to grace the planet? That depends on who you ask and which generation they belong to.

Whether you say Queen, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, or even Royel Otis (okay, they might not be in the same league, but I'm really enjoying them right now, so maybe give them a listen), one thing is for sure - The Beatles are either first or second on that list.

Hailing from Liverpool, England, The Beatles formed over 60 years ago, in 1960.

The Beatles are still popular all these years on. Rowland Scherman/Getty Images

Their music is still popular today, proving their timeless appeal.

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It wasn't until 1964 that the "scousers" - a term used to describe people from Liverpool - first landed in the US.

John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr took the nation by storm, capturing the hearts of millions of Americans almost overnight.

Sadly, only two members of the band are still alive - McCartney and Starr.

Both are still performing. McCartney has even headlined the halftime show at the Super Bowl and Coachella, showcasing his enduring talent.

Paul McCartney performed at the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Lennon and Harrison have since passed away. Lennon was tragically assassinated in 1980 while visiting New York City.

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His killer, Mark Chapman, said he shot Lennon "because he was very, very, very famous."

Harrison passed away at a friend's house in Los Angeles after battling cancer in 2001.

Now, 64 years since the group first came together, TikToker Emilie Leyes has just realized why The Beatles spell their name with an 'A' instead of an 'E' like the insect.

Taking to the platform, she said: "I just learned that the reason the Beatles are spelled with an 'A' is because it's a music pun, like the word beat.

"Why didn't we all know this? Did you know this? I had 15 posters of The Beatles in my bedroom in high school, and I never knew this."

I've listened to them all my life and I just never noticed it. 

I know how to spell beetles, and I get that spelling it with an 'A' is a play on words, but I still never processed it.

However, one person claimed most people from the UK know this.

One person commented: "Maybe it's an American thing because I'm pretty sure all English people know this." 

Their music continues to resonate powerfully today, underscoring their enduring and unmatched appeal. Getty Images

Another added: "All British people know this."

Explaining why the band went with the name, in The Beatles' biography in 1961, Lennon said: "Why Beatles? Ugh, Beatles, how did the name arrive?

"So we will tell you. It came in a vision – a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, 'From this day on you are Beatles with an 'A'.

"Thank you, mister man, they said, thanking him."