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From dead +‎ name, because the old name is dead (no longer used). Attested since at least 2014.

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deadname (plural deadnames)

  1. A previous name of a person (especially a transgender person) who has since changed their name.


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

  1. To refer to someone (especially a transgender person) who has changed names by a 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.
    • 2018, Twitter Hateful conduct policy[3]:
      We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.


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