This may or may not be an actual fact but my son told me this the other day and he’s working on a philosophy minor in college so I kind of trust him- kind of.
When he was born, Plato was named after his grandfather, Aristocles.
The legend is, he became a wrestler and his coach named him Platon which means broad. His shoulders and body were large and thus the nickname. It stuck and became shortened to Plato.
There is another school of thought that the name came from the fact that he had a breadth of knowledge and eloquence or because of his very wide forehead.
I find this all very intriguing and kind of fun.
One of my favorite paintings in the Vatican is called The School of Athens and it has a lot of philosophers depicted in it as well as Plato. See which one you think is him based on either his big forehead or wide shoulders. LOL –
If you give up, let me know and I’ll point him out to you.