A pseudonym is a fictitious name used by authors when writing or publishing their books. It is also known as the ‘pen name.’ The pseudonym holders use a fake name to hide their identity. The term is derived from the Greek word pseudonym which can be broken down into two parts: pseudos meaning false, and onoma meaning name.
Pseudonym include stage names, pen names, nicknames, aliases, gamer identifications, and regnal names of emperors, popes, and other monarchs. However, these names should not be confused with the new identity of people. These names are used by artists, authors, and other people to separate their personal life from professional life. In addition, a pseudonym is used to showcase or enhance a particular persona or to hide one’s real identity. In some cases, these names are adopted to showcase a cultural or organizational tradition. Examples include the devotional names used by the members of religious organizations.
Sometimes, people undergo a name change and adopt a new identity. This new identity is used by every other person to address that individual. However, the new name needs to be ratified by law to make it a person’s new legal name. The pseudonym has a long history. Earlier, many artists and writers used to write under fake names or the names of other famous personalities. Writing was considered a male-dominated profession in the early 19th century. As a result, women writers used pseudonyms to write poetries, articles, and stories. It concealed their identity while giving them the chance to follow their passion.