the previous name of someone who has changed that name, especially the pretransition first name of a trans person.
to call (a person, especially a trans person) by that person’s previous name, as opposed to a chosen or preferred name.
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How to use deadname in a sentence
While some major academic publishers have enacted policies allowing anyone to quietly and retroactively change the name on their work, such rules regarding deadnames remain rare at major news outlets and newspapers, according to CNN.Media Briefing: Publishers are polling site visitors for first-party data | Tim Peterson | June 10, 2021 | Digiday
About a week later, their page was restored, but with their deadname.Transgender activist once again banned from Facebook page | Kaela Roeder | October 30, 2020 | Washington Blade