I have instances in my family and am sure they exist widely where a person has changed their name not because they married but for other reasons. It is wrong to say a man has a maiden name and I actually like the 'maiden name' field as it has a purpose (at least in English tradtion it has) but the AKA field should be searchable and is of greater importance than a nickname. It could also be useful where there are variant spellings.
Actually, I think http://www.geni.com/people/Justin-Swanstr%C3%B6m/6000000007278581048 came up with what I view as the one reasonable justification for use of a maiden name on a male name. At the risk of pulling him away from his loved ones over the holiday period (genealogy is a horrible temptation), I'm tagging him for this discussion.
I didn't see the question about clarifying 'Maiden Name' until just now, sorry.
A maiden is an unmarried female, hence maiden name is the name a female is born with. One is not being sexist when one says it's inappropriate for men...it's just like calling a man a lady! Having said that in the absence of an alternative I have used 'maiden name' field for men with other names or for clarification but I try not to as it just doesn't feel right.
Then help us to get this option by giving this proposal a thumbs up. Push "Me too!"
@Remi, you're better off making individual requests than lump them together. I didn't vote for yours because I don't agree with everything.
That's ok, Victar. I agree with moving the nickname filed to the edit profile page, but I don't agree to call it "Also known as", it should be called "Other names" with a dropdown menu where "Also known as" is one of the choices.
I'm trying to sell a whole package, and my proposal is looking more or less the same way as almost every offline genealogical program do. That way everyone would feel comfortable becaise the fieldnames are similar, and gedcom export and import would be flawless when it comes to all alternate names. So I don't want to make individual requests since I'm trying to get Geni to do it the way offline genealogical programs write and store names in their genealogical databases.