Throughout the history, people were always amazed by plethora of stories and legends about mythical giants, people or gods reaching incredible heights. Pituitary gigantism, Marfan syndrome, eunuchoid tallness, Sotos syndrome, and acromegaly are all conditions that can cause those afflicted to grow beyond the human norm. Here’s the short list of the 10 tallest people who ever lived.

Patrick Cotter O’Brien (8 ft 1 in)

He was born Patrick Cotter in 1760 but adapted the name O’Brien when he joined the circus. He was born in Kinsale, Country Cork in Ireland. He was also known as the Bristol Giant and the Irish Giant. No hearse could be found to accommodate his nine feet four inch casket encased in lead, and his remains were borne to the grave by relays of fourteen men. In 1972 his remains were examined and it was determined that, while alive, he stood approximately 8 feet 1 inch tall. Patrick Cotter’s giant boots are on display in the Kinsale Museum. An arm of Cotter’s is currently preserved in the Medical Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.


Bernard Coyne (8 ft 2 in)

Bernard Coyne was 8’4″, the tallest in the world, at the time of his death in 1921. His World War I draft registration card, dated 29 August 1918, lists his height as 8 feet. The Guinness Book of World Records stated that he was refused induction into the Army when he stood at a height of 7 feet 9 inches. Coyne was the tallest ever eunuchoidal infantile giant, a condition also known as Daddy Long-Legs Syndrome. Bernard Coyne died of hardening of the liver and of a glandular disorder in 1921. He is buried in Anthon, Iowa, in a specially-made, extra-large coffin.