How to Hide Your Name on Gmail
By C. Taylor
You don't always want your real name displayed on emails you send. As an example, you might want to hide your name when sending semi-anonymous feedback or contacting unknown parties. Although your email address will still be visible, this only identifies the Gmail account and not necessarily your true identity. By default, Gmail uses your first and last name on your Google account, but by configuring a "Send Mail As" address, you force Gmail to use whatever pseudonym you choose.
Log in to your Gmail account.
Click the "Settings" gear icon and select "Settings."
Click the "Accounts and Import" tab.
Click "Edit Info" next to your email address in the "Send Mail As" section.
Click the circle next to the blank field in the Name section and type your preferred display name. You have to enter something in this field, even if it's just a period. If you leave it blank or just enter a space, Gmail reverts back to the name in your Google account.
Click "Save Changes" to hide your real name.
C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.