How to Hide Your Full Name on Facebook

By Cee Jay

People love Facebook because it makes it easy to connect to friends and loved ones you may not have heard from in a while. One major appeal to Facebook is the ability to find old classmates and see how they've changed over the years. They can't find you if you do not use your real name, and vice versa. However, there is a way to get around this and still allow yourself to be identified.

Step 1

Log in to your Facebook account, click "Account" and choose "Account Settings" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Click "Change" where it says "Your Real Name."

Step 3

Type your pseudonym or make one up. Facebook doesn't allow initials and nicknames can only be used in the following format: "First Name, Nickname, Last Name." The only way to hide your full name is to use a fake one.

Step 4

Click "Save Changes" to confirm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the "Privacy Settings" to further customize what information you want shared.
  • Remember that people who haven't seen you in years still might not be able to recognize your profile picture. Leave clues about your background, such as the schools you attended and the city in which you grew up, to reduce confusion.
  • Facebook limits the number of times you can change your name -- this is to encourage everyone to use their real name.