Beth writes: I signed up for Facebook with my married name a few years ago, but my old friends from my single days (esp. high school and college) are having a hard time finding me. Is there any way to add my maiden name to my Facebook account without changing my current Facebook name?
Hi Beth! You can indeed add either a maiden name—or a plain-old nickname, for that matter—to your Facebook profile, and you’ll also get the option of doing so without changing the way your name is displayed to other Facebook users.
Once you add an “alternate” name to your Facebook account, your profile will pop up for users who are searching for you by that name, even if you don’t want your other name displayed publicly—handy if you don’t want your boss or your cool new friends to know that everyone called you “Scooter” in high school.
Here’s how you do it:
- Click the little “down” arrow in the top-right corner of any Facebook page, then select Account Settings.
- In the “General Account Settings” page, click the Edit link just to the right of your name.
- Below the fields for your first, middle, and last names, you’ll see another blank labeled “Alternate name.” Enter your other name right there.
- Want the world to see your “alternate” name in your Facebook profile? If so, check the box labeled “Include this on my profile.” If you leave the box unchecked, users will still be able to find you by searching on your maiden name or nickname.
- All done? Click the Save Change button, but prepare hurry up and wait, as it may take Facebook up to a day to review and approve your new alternate name. Also, keep in mind Facebook may reject your name immediately if it runs afoul of the network’s name standards.
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Facebook is great social networking site for keeping in touch with friends and families. It diminishes the distance and brings buddies together. But Facebook is very rigid about your name. It doesn’t allow you to keep fancy names or pet names at your primary profile name. It wants you to keep your real name as your name on facebook also. If you’ve been using weird fancy name for your fb account, beware, facebook might block your account some day asking you to change your the so-name to real name or provide identity proof for the name in use. So, in the end, we’re forced to use our real name, but this doesn’t mean we can’t use our nicknames. In fact, facebook allows you to use nickname as alternate name, not your primary name. The nickname could be anything fancy, weird or crazy kind. Furthermore, your nickname will also appear on your FB profile in bracket just beside your real name. The nickname will also be shown to your friends and people will be able to search, find you on Facebook by your nickname also. In this tutorial, Here is how to set your nickname on Facebook :
- Login to Facebook and click on the drop-down arrow next to Home link on the top right side.
- Choose Account Settings.
- In the General Account Settings, click on the Edit link next to Name in the right side.
- In the Alternate name box, enter your nickname or maiden name or pet name or whatever.
- Tick the box marked include this on my profile so that the name will be displayed on your Facebook profile also.
- Enter your current account password in the password box and hit on Save changes.
- If everything is done correctly as explained above. Your new nickname will be visible on your profile.
How to change name on Facebook
If you want to change your primary name on FB and not nickname, you can do that by following the same steps at mentioned above, but note that name change is allowed just once. You can’t change name again and again. If you’re unable to change your name on Facebook, that means you’ve already used up all name change chances or the new name might not be in accordance with name standards of FB. If you really want to change your name on facebook on a valid real cause, you can by going to this link and filling out the form. Note: You’ll be required to upload identity proof for the name change to be approved. You can not pretend to be someone else. Do not include symbols or professional/religious titles in your name.
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Promoting your small business through your Facebook account is an ideal way to drum up publicity. However, people who know you only by your nickname won’t be able to locate you on Facebook unless you add your nickname to your account. After associating a nickname with your Facebook account and making it public, that nickname will appear next to your real name in your profile and when people search for you on Facebook.
Click the down-pointing arrow to the right of Home on your Facebook menu bar to open a drop-down menu. Click “Account Settings” to open the General Account Settings screen.
Click the “Edit” link associated with the Name field.
Enter your nickname in the Alternate Name field and then click to place a check mark in the “Include this on my profile” check box.
Enter the password associated with your Facebook account in the Password field and click “Save Changes.” The nickname now appears on both your Facebook Timeline and homepage.
Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at thealestle.com and KMOX.com. Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.
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