/ˈsjuːdənɪm/ [sue-dough-nim]
A fictitious name, especially one used by an author.

Early 19th century from French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos, from pseudēs ‘false’ + onuma ‘name’.


Frank made a modest living selling barn burner romance novels using the pseudonym, Sue Downing. Nobody cared.

"Pseudonym" is a substitute for the Lexico suggestion "contronym" which we have examined before. It made me think about the multitude of "-nym" words we have in English. I wonder how many there are?


The floodgates are open. Let the deluge of answers begin.


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I'm surprised I haven't seen mentioned yet. Especially since registration forms often assume that people have a first name and last name, making it rather difficult for them to register with their preferred or even actual name.
(This was a major issue in the early days of for instance, which made a rather trending topic.)


Of course, like Cher, mon cher ami.

I had not thought that one through,


@Algot and it's not just celebrities or other people who have changed their name to a .
Javanese people, such as Sukarno and Suharto, have a single name since birth: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javanese

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