Are you planning on changing your name when you tie the knot? If so, you’ll have a lot of forms to fill out, from updating your driver’s license to updating your utility bills. Fortunately, Facebook makes it much easier to change your name than the Social Security Administration.
Here’s how to update your name on Facebook in three simple steps.
1. Change your Display Name
Before you change your display name, think about how you’d like your name to appear to your Facebook friends in their newsfeeds. You have a few options; I’ll use my name as an example (Freedman is my maiden name, and Urban is my married name).
- Diana Urban
- Diana Freedman Urban
- Diana Freedman-Urban
When you’re ready, click the little down arrow at the top-right side of the screen and select Account Settings.
Then click Edit in the Name row. Again, I’ll show you my settings as an example.
Option 1: Diana Urban
If I wanted my name to appear as Diana Urban, I would edit the last name field. Then I would enter my former name, Diana Freedman, in the Alternate name field.
With this option, my name would appear as Diana Urban in friends’ newsfeeds, but my maiden name would appear in parenthesis on my profile, and people would still be able to find me via Facebook search if they searched for “Diana Freedman.”
Option 2: Diana Freedman Urban
If I wanted my name to appear as Diana Freedman Urban, I would add Freedman to the Middle name field, and select “Diana Freedman Urban” from the Display as dropdown menu.
This helps keep your Facebook friends from being confused about who you are. Whenever someone abruptly changes their name on Facebook, it’s a bit confusing, especially if their Facebook profile picture isn’t a clear closeup. Not all of your Facebook friends will know your husband’s name, so this way they’ll see the new name after your original name, and will make the connection.
Option 3: Diana Freedman-Urban
If you’re officially changing your name to by hyphenated, this is an option for you. In this case, I would edit the Last name field to be Diana Freedman-Urban.
2. Change your Facebook Username (Vanity URL)
Back on the Account Settings page, you can also change your Username. This is the URL that people can type in to find you. Click Edit in the Username row, and then type in your new URL.
You may find that your new name is already taken. Mine was taken, so I decided to keep my Facebook URL the same. But if you can snatch up your new name, go for it!
3. Edit your Primary Email Address
If you also changed your email address to reflect your new name, you should update your email address in Facebook. Click Edit in the Email row (also in Account Settings), and follow these steps:
- Click Add another email
- Enter your new email address and save your changes
- Your new email address will then appear as a Choose primary option. Select this new email address and save your changes again.
- Next, you may want to delete your old email address. If so, simply click Remove next to your old email address. Save your changes.
That’s it! Note that if you have a Facebook fan page for yourself, you will NOT be able to change the name of that page or its vanity URL. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!