From Middle English otherkin (“a different or additional kind”, literally “other kind”), from Middle English other (“other”) + -kin, -kinne, -kunne (“kind”), from Old English cynna, genitive plural of cynn (“kind, sort, rank”), equivalent to other + -kin.
otherkin (plural otherkin)
- (Internet) A person who claims or believes that their soul is non-human.
2000, Cara Des'tai, “The Internet goes mythic”, Fate:
- It appears that many otherkin are unaware of what makes them different. They just know they are not normal humans.
2005 October 4, Christine Wicker, Not in Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic is Transforming America, edition First, New York: HarperCollins, ISBN 9780060726782, page 240:
- The living Otherkin are a loosely affiliated group of mostly young people who believe themselves to be magical and spiritual creatures: elves, werewolves, dragons, fairies, angels, hobbits.