How to change to an alternative name on Facebook

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Facebook is a social network that lets you connect with friends, family and coworkers. People find you on Facebook through search results and friend suggestions. If your real name is different than the name some friends or family may use to search for you, change your name. By using an alternative name on Facebook, you let people find you searching with your real name or other name, such as a nickname, shortened name or maiden name.

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  1. 1

    Log into your Facebook account using your e-mail and password. Click the "Account" menu to expand the drop-down. Select "Account Settings."

  2. 2

    Click the "Change" link next to the "Real Name" section. Scroll down to the "Alternate Name" section and type your alternative name. Click the "Include this name on my profile" tick-box.

  3. 3

    Press "Save Changes" to apply your new settings and to save your alternate name. Your alternate name is displayed on your profile and you appear in search results for that name.

Tips and warnings

  • Switching to an alternative name does not remove your real name from Facebook. To change your real name, fill in the first section of the "Real Name" area and click "Save Changes." Facebook reviews all name change requests for real names.

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