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Question #90188 posted on 08/07/2017 5:51 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was browsing Facebook's labyrinthine settings and options and upon seeing the "nicknames" options I found out that there was an option to set an "alternate spelling" of your name. I know Facebook has a fairly strict policy about requiring your legal name but what constitutes an "alternate spelling", legally speaking? I sign my name as something not at all similar to my actual name and is intentionally pretty silly but I would never pronounce it differently than my actual name. As far as I understand this is, for all legal intents and purposes, my legal signature. So does that count as an alternate spelling? What legal paperwork would I need, if any, to "prove" to Facebook that this was an alternate spelling of my name?

-FM

A:

Dear yusef,

You can definitely have a different name on Facebook without having to prove anything. My name is different on Facebook, largely because I've forgot my password and can't change it back, but also because it was a trend in one of my high schools to use abbreviations of your last name. I know it's also common in some cultures to have diminutives or other additions to their Facebook name. 

I did find mention of an ID List, but that seems to be only if your name doesn't fit the acceptable guidelines of not having symbols or titles, or if you've lost access to your account. If you're changing your name to something that people call you, that seems to fit their rule of using the name you use in "everyday life." 

Take care,

-Auto Surf