deadname

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dead +‎ name, because the old name is dead (no longer used). Attested since January 11, 2012.

Noun[edit]

deadname (plural deadnames)

  1. The birth name of a person who has since changed their name (especially a transgender person).

Verb[edit]

deadname (third-person singular simple present deadnames, present participle deadnaming, simple past and past participle deadnamed)

  1. To refer to someone who has changed their name by their previous name.
    • 2014 August 13, “The 'transgender tipping point': how and why attitudes are changing”, in The Week UK:
      The press has often been accused of using offensive phrases and terminology when discussing trans people, including the misuse of pronouns, continuous 'deadnaming' – referring to a trans person's previous name – as well as giving a platform to transantagonistic people.
    • 2014 November 25, “Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe”, in The Independent[1]:
      Gay poverty campaigner Jack Monroe has condemned "homophobic, deadnaming, ignorant" comments made by columnist Sarah Vine about her decision to become a mother in a same sex relationship.
    • 2015 June 17, Estevan Mercury[2]:
      Using trans peoples' dead names – names that they were born with which are either wrong through either legal or preferential means – has been and always will be an act of aggression, not just to the person you're deadnaming but to all trans people.

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