Nashville Deacon First Name What Is CMT

Nashville Mystery: So... What Is Deacon's Real First Name?

Spoiler alert: If you didn’t watch this week’s Nashville, you might want to do that before reading this post.

Thursday’s Nashville left its devoted fans hanging on quite the steep cliff: As the episode’s final moments played out, we were left unsure of whether Rayna was alive or dead what Deacon’s real first name is.

Though diehard viewers had spent four-plus seasons thinking that they knew everything about the complex Mr. Claybourne, Rayna dropped an (admittedly minor) bombshell during her tense interaction with the man who’d been stalking her all season. We’d been introduced to the creeper as Carl Hockney, but after he showed up at Highway 65 with a kitchen knife, Hockney asked the frightened First Lady of Country Music to call him Wayne.

“Is Wayne your middle name?” she asked while casing the available exits and calculating the probability of getting stabbed before she reached one.

“Yeah, how do you know that?” he replied.

“My husband goes by his middle name,” Rayna said.

A comparatively insignificant detail, given what happens later, but we’re going to focus on that rather than the possibility that Nashville‘s central female might not just sing like an angel but actually be one in the very near future.

A casual Twitter query this morning rounded up some fan suggestions for Deacon’s real first name, as well as some theories about why he may not want to use it. Is he a Jr., named after the father he loathes? Is his real moniker just so embarrassing that he’d rather pretend it doesn’t exist? Wait, guys: Is Deacon’s real name Beverly, too?! 

Whatever the reason, here are some of my picks for Deke’s true first name, as well as some of those put forth on social media this morning. Choose your favorite from the poll below — and if it’s not there, hit the comments with a write-in vote. Because we may not be able to do anything about Rayna hovering between life and death, but damn it, we can distract ourselves by making sure her Mr. has a proper first name.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. bryce says:

    I find it really odd that this site of all sites insists on calling Rayna the First Lady of Country Music… Rayna’s el presidente, y’all

  2. RichieS says:

    How about two first names? He could be Arthur Charles Deacon Claiborne aka ACDC.

  3. Jennifer says:

    For some reason, this is EXTREMELY popular in the south. All the men in a family have the same first name, and use their middle name in daily conversation. Makes it very confusing at times.

  4. iHeart says:

    I kind of want to say that his real first name is James (just like Paul McCartney’s real first name is James, it would be an interesting homage)

  5. Hamish says:

    Surely it must be Shirley…

  6. Diane Lilly says:

    It should be MAVERICK!!! Fitting don’t-cha think?

  7. VegasGal72 says:

    Maybe Rayna just said that as a way to connect with the stalker?

  8. Shirley M Koehler says:


  9. McQ says:

    Clayton Claybourne, or something similarly repetitive. (Clayvon, Claiborne, Clay…)

  10. Clayton Clark says:

    Stanley Deacon John Claybourne

  11. J says:

    Thank you for the quote that made me truly LOL (I needed it!)
    Wait, guys: Is Deacon’s real name Beverly, too?! 😂

  12. Sharon says:

    So after a great season we either get Rayna dying in her second car crash or rehabbing w Juliette? If Connie is leaving I would prefer stalker killed her than repeat the crash scenario.

  13. Sharon says:

    Deacon is probably named after dad. Have friend who is gay and dad a dyed in the wool communist but both carry the family first name of a confederate general.

  14. E says:

    James Christopher sounds nice…

  15. Lm Blair says:

    It’s actually Elvis Deacon Clayborne, which us why he goes by his middle name. Can you blame him?

  16. Blu says:

    Pastor Deacon Claybourne, an in the later half of season 5 he ends up joining Juliette for her religious Album an reveals his first name. Or he could just go by Deacon on her album I mean that’s religious on its own lol.

    Most names flow an I can’t think of much that flows with Deacon Claybourne except maybe James or Joseph but then he would probably go by JD instead of Deacon unless his dad went by JD or something.

    Actually now that I think about it I am going to put money on it that its James, probably James Deacon Claybourne Jr or the 3rd etc an he goes by Deacon because his dad went by JD an because him an Rayna were supposed to be a duet when they started out. They wrote everything together played together etc when she launched her carrier so what likely happened is for a first show, recording session or audition it was scheduled as Rayna & James but Deacon was to drunk to show up so she ended up doing it alone so when they called out Rayna James she was only one there an it stuck, sorta like when Scarlet auditioned alone when gunner didn’t show an since she was announced like that she was forever known as Rayna Jaymes so she had her name changed to break that tie with Deacon before maddie was born, thats the only explanation I can come up with on why she goes by that. Wikipedia says her full name is Rayna Alisia Jaymes Claybourne but why would she have 2 middle names an not go by Rayna Wyatt or Conrad etc. used to list his name as Deacon John Claybourne but this has since been changed to just Deacon Claybourne.

    Side note um whats going to happen with Highway 65 now that only person alive that has money in it is a tech guy.

  17. Virginia stewart says: