A common question that I have been asked multiple times is how to change the name on Facebook. This article will look at the step-by-step process to change your name, what is possible and what not.
Personal profile page versus business page
First of all we need to clarify where you want to change a name:
Personal profile page: This is where you have your personal information stored. These accounts are for individuals and personal use. You can make a request to change your name but Facebook will review each name change.
Facebook page / business page: This is a page to represent a business, brand, public figure, artist or organization. An official representative of that entity may only create them. Name changes can only be made if the page has less than 100 connections.
Changing your name
Personal profile page:
1. Go to your account settings by clicking on ‘Account’ in the top right hand corner of your Facebook page. You can find ‘Account Settings’ as an option in the drop-down menu appearing.
2. Click on the first item in the list called ‘Name’ – Your real name. Click on the blue link on the right called ‘change’ and options to enter your name appear.
3. ‘Display Full Name’ is the name that appears in a search. ‘Alternate Name’ will, if checked, also appear on your profile or in search results. ‘Nickname’ will appear between your first and your last name.
Remember that Facebook will review each name change before they are approved. Depending on the amount of requests they have, this might take some time, at least 24 hours.
Your name must be listed using characters of one language only and it cannot consist of titles, symbols, number, unusual capitalization, or punctuation. If you want to use other characters you might like to write your name in an alphabet commonly used in western culture as your alternate name.
Facebook page / business page:
Remember you can only make changes as long as you have less than 100 connections on your page.
1. Go to your page. Click on ‘Edit Page’ underneath the profile picture.
2. Change the name in the first section called ‘Name’ in the ‘Basic Information’ section.
Facebook encourages people to use their real names. They therefore limit the number of times names can be changed. Impersonating anyone or anything is not permitted; Facebook however has not yet reacted when I reported such impersonation of artists I represent.