How to change a married name on Facebook

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How to change a married name on Facebook
Changing profile information on Facebook is quick and easy. (networking image by Glenn Jenkinson from Fotolia.com)

A Facebook profile is a reflection of your life through photos, conversations and friends. When personal events like divorce, widowhood or remarriage change your life, you want to share that change with your friends and perhaps the world. Reverting back or taking a new name is often a step toward a fresh page in your life. Changing your married name on Facebook is fast and easy, although waiting for the change to become official takes a few days. Once your new name is posted, expect some attention from your friends.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

    Changing Your Profile

  1. 1

    Log into your account on Facebook. Do this on a regular computer such as a desktop or laptop since some mobile Facebook applications may not have the capability to edit your personal profile.

  2. 2

    Click on "Account" and you'll see a drop-down menu. Select "Account Settings" from this menu. This will bring up the "My Account" page where you can change basic profile information like your name, nickname, e-mail contact and password. When your cursor passes over each account item, it will change from an arrow to a hand, which means it is a clickable link.

  3. 3

    Click on "Name," which opens up a sub-menu on the page listing your current full name, and spaces for your first, middle and last names. Enter your new last name in the "Last Name" field and click on the "Change" button located directly under the field. This submits your change request to Facebook; all name changes must be approved.

  4. 4

    Wait for Facebook to review and approve your requested name change. While the page states that it can take one day for changes to be approved, it's not unusual for name changes to take several days, due to the huge number of users and potential changes at Facebook on any given day. If you receive a rejection to your married name change, proceed to the next section.

    Name Change Rejection

  1. 1

    Log into your Facebook account. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the Help Center link. It will the last text link in the far right corner, slightly above the "Chat" button.

  2. 2

    Click on "Help Center." This link opens up the Facebook help files and categories are broken down into three sections: "Using Facebook," "Facebook Applications and Features" and "Ads and Business Solutions." In the first section called "Using Facebook," find the "Profile" icon and link.

  3. 3

    Click on "Profile," which loads the Profile help page with several text links on the left of the screen. Select "Account Settings and Deletion," which will be the first link in the list. This brings up the menu of Account Settings links.

  4. 4

    Scroll past the "I Want to Change My Name" link, and continue down the list until you see the "My Name Change Request Was Not Approved." Click on this link and a sub-menu will open under the link, giving you information on Facebook name guidelines and requirements. At the very end of the paragraph will be a link to resubmit your desired name change.

  5. 5

    Select this link, and a new page opens entitled "I Need to Change My Name." Enter your desired name change, with first and new last name, then type in your reasons for wanting a change. After you're done, click "Submit" and Facebook will take a closer look at your request.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to include your maiden name, fill out the "Alternate Name" field while you're on the Account Settings page. This allows people to find you by either your current married name or your original maiden name.
  • Don't change your contact e-mail with Facebook at the same time you change your married name. If Facebook has any questions or needs to verify information, the change in e-mail addresses could make contacting you difficult.

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