How to Change Your Name to Have Chinese Lettering on Facebook

By Josh Fredman

Many Chinese Americans have both a Chinese name and an English one.
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Facebook takes pride that people use their real identities on its website, and strongly discourages users from picking false names. In turn, using your real name helps people to find you, and their real names help you to find them. However, people have fluid lives and their names sometimes change. If you marry, legally revise your name or simply want to embrace your cultural heritage, you can edit your name in Facebook to include Chinese characters. Facebook limits the amount of times you can change your name, however, so don't pick something you don't want to keep.

Step 1

Log into Facebook. Click the "Settings" gear in the top right corner and then click "Account Settings."

Step 2

Look for the account setting titled "Name" and click "Edit" over on the right side.

Step 3

Type the new name you want to use for Facebook. Many people put both their English and Chinese names together, with one name in parentheses, such as:

Jane Doe (什麼什麼)

However, you can completely replace your English name if you prefer.

Step 4

Click "Save." This submits your name change request to Facebook, whose staff then must approve the changes explicitly. Thus, your name change won't take effect immediately.