How to Change Your Facebook Name After Your Limit

By Jennifer Leighton

Facebook's name change page states that "To encourage people to use their real names on Facebook, we limit the number of times names can be changed." The number of times you can change a name is not public information, and the policy does not have any exceptions. While you may not be able to change to an entirely new name, you do have the option to revert to one of the names you formerly used, even after you've hit your name change limit.

Step 1

Access your Facebook account using your email address and password.

Step 2

Click "Account" on the right side of the screen. Click "Account Settings" in the drop-down menu that appears.

Step 3

Click the word "Change," directly across from "Name," the first option that appears in the Account Settings menu.

Step 4

Note if the following message appears: "Sorry! You've updated your name the maximum number of times allowed and your name can't be changed again. To list another name you go by, such as a maiden name, please use the Alternate Name field below." If this message does not appear, go ahead and change your name; if it does appear, proceed to the next Step.

Step 5

Look at the name across from "Full Name." This is the name that you used previously on Facebook. Choose to reinstate this name, or proceed to the next step to choose a different previous name.

Step 6

Click the drop-down menu to see all names you have used previously on Facebook.

Step 7

Click the name you wish to use.

Step 8

Click "Update Name."

Step 9

Check your on-screen name. The name should now be updated to match the one you just designated.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you choose to delete your current Facebook account and start a new one so that you can have a new name, you will be unable to import any friends lists, messages or profile information from the old profile. The new account will begin with no friends and no information.