I have been noticing recently (last few years), née/nee being used a lot more commonly both in general media (newspapers, internet, even TV), but more so on information/encyclopaedial websites such as Wikipedia.
Anecdotally it jumped out at me on Wikipedia articles where you might find a... feminist.. "connection", where one would surmise ones maiden name is of more specific import with feminists.
Anyway, I have been googling a lot but unable to find anyone else who has noticed/posted about "this", and it stirs my interest.
So, a) what is the etymology specifically for English speaking countries (ie USA UK Australia) of the words née/nee
And b) (Perhaps this is should go on Philosophy?) Can someone speculate as to the reason for the perceived rise in use of née/nee on informational/encyclopaedial sites/resources.