Dead Name

Dead Name

(noun | compound verb, -s, -ed, -ing)

To call someone by a name that was assigned to them in the past which is not their current name. This should be avoided, even when you’re referring to that person from a time when they were using that name, unless they specifically tell you otherwise. Not only is it generally considered rude, but it can also contribute to a hostile atmosphere that leads directly to violence against trans people by encouraging confusion over a person’s name and emphasizing their trans status beyond what is necessary for the situation.

e.g. Sam’s father often dead-named Sam in front of his buddies.

Further reading to gain expanded context:

What is Deadnaming? | Healthline

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