How did Pepin the Short get his nickname? What was his height?
There is a large amount of disagreement and conjecture about how exactly Pepin gained his name, as some believe it to be an allusion to his statue whilst others believe it to be a mistranslation. In the Carolingian family, there were at least four Pepins or Pippins, with Pepin being the second and his grandfather being the first. The First Pepin is sometimes referred to as “Pepin Magnus” or “Pepin Primus”, with the second Pepin being referred to either as “Minor” or “Parvus”. In early Medieval Latin, “Parvus” means the younger, but in earlier times it can either mean the smaller or the little, which is where the misunderstanding may have come from. There is no definitive evidence for this, however, and it is unknown as to whether Pepin was truly short or this is just a poor translation that stuck over time.