The word footnote seems to only refer to the actual text that you are brought to if you follow the little number or symbol (such as '*') to the bottom of the page.

Does the actual superscript character have a name?

  • In mathematics aren't they called "index numbers"?
    – WS2
    Mar 29 '18 at 22:40
  • It is a "reference". In computer technology it is a "link". Mar 29 '18 at 22:42
  • Have to tried to find the answer looking around on the web?
    – Kris
    Mar 30 '18 at 6:06

Well, reference mark is in the dictionary to refer to the symbols:

any of various written or printed symbols, as an asterisk (*), dagger (†), or superscript number, used to indicate the presence of further information in a footnote, bibliography, or other text.
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Another similar phrase that is used is reference symbol.

The corresponding phrase for a number would be a reference number:

A footnote consists of two linked parts: the footnote reference number that appears in text, and the footnote text that appears at the bottom of the column.
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And then there's footnote number and footnote symbol.

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