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Change your account name and nickname in Yahoo

Update your name to change your identity throughout Yahoo. Depending on the product, your name or nickname is at the top of the page. It may be visible to other Yahoo users. For example, your nickname appears next to comments you make on Yahoo News.

  • Go to the Yahoo Personal info page .
  • In the top right, click Edit .
  • Click and edit your name or nickname.
  • In the top right, click Done .

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How to Change Your Google Account Name

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If you’ve legally changed your name, or you’d simply like to use a different name online, it’s easy to change your account name on Google. You can do this from your desktop, Android, iPhone, and iPad. Here’s how.

Note that changing your Google account name is different from changing your Gmail display name . This means people see when receiving emails from your Gmail account is different from your Google account name. Also, Google allows you to change your account name as many times as you want.

Your account name appears in various Google services, including but not limited to Maps, Play, and YouTube.

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Update Your Google Account Name on Desktop

If you’re on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, make use of the Google Account website to change your account name.

Start the process by launching your favorite web browser and opening the Google Account site. There, log in to your account.

After signing in, in the site’s left sidebar, click “Personal Info.”

On the right, in the “Basic Info” section, click your current account name.

You’re now ready to change your account name. Click the “First Name” field and type your new first name. Select the “Last Name” field and enter your new last name.

Then click “Save” to save your changes.

Your Google account name has been successfully changed, and you’ll now see it appear in various Google products.

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Modify Your Google Account Name on Android

To update your account name from your Android phone, first, launch the Settings app on your phone.

In Settings, scroll down and tap “Google.”

On the Google profile page, beneath your name, tap “Manage Your Google Account.”

At the top, select the “Personal Info” tab.

From the “Basic Info” section, choose your current name.

On the “Name” page, your editable name fields will be displayed. Select the “First Name” field and type your new first name. Tap the “Last Name” field and type your new last name.

Then choose “Save.”

And your name has been successfully changed.

Change Your Google Name on iPhone or iPad

To update your account name on your iPhone or iPad, use the Gmail app.

First, launch Gmail on your phone. In the app’s top-left corner, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines).

In the menu that opens, select “Settings.”

On the “Settings” page, tap your Google account.

Select “Manage Your Google Account.”

Beneath your name, tap the “Personal Info” tab.

You’ll now enter your new name. Tap the “First Name” field and type your new first name. Tap the “Last Name” field and enter your new last name.

Save your changes by tapping “Save.”

And that’s all there is to changing your name in your Google account. Your new name will be displayed in all of Google’s services going forward.

While you’re at it, you might want to change your name in your Microsoft account , too. It’s equally easy to do that.

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How To Legally Change Your Name (2023 Guide)

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As the great William Shakespeare once penned, “What’s in a name?” As it turns out, a lot. Especially if you want to change it.

There are lots of reasons you might want to know how to change your name. Common reasons for name changes include marriage, divorce and other significant life shifts. No matter your reason for making a change, this guide will walk you through how to legally change your name.

We’ll help you navigate this sometimes complex process. Just keep in mind that there are differences between state processes for how to legally change your name, and you should consider speaking with an attorney for legal assistance.

Since the United States is a federalist republic, we have two layers of government: federal and state. For most normal life stuff, the states are the ones making the rules–which means that answers to questions like “How can I legally change my name?” depend on the state in which you live . Every state has its own laws and processes for carrying out those laws.

Don’t worry, this shouldn’t add a major level of complexity to changing your name. In reality, the process is very similar in most states. Still, you need to know your state’s rules so you can follow them to the letter.

If you want to change your legal name, you need to use a legal process. You are free to use an alias or a nickname at any time, but that is not your legal name. The reason for your name change will dictate which legal process you need to follow.

Common Reasons People Change Their Names

The most common reason for a name change is marriage or divorce. Adoption is another common reason. But there are other situations in which you might want to change your name or your child’s name:

  • You get married and want your child to share a name with the stepparent
  • Your child’s name just doesn’t suit them
  • You ended up calling your child something other than the name on their birth certificate
  • Creating a new name for a couple (married or unmarried) who want to have a new, shared last name
  • You or your child has transitioned to another gender
  • You want to legally use the name that everyone calls you your legal name (your birth certificate says Thomas but you are just Tom)
  • No one can spell or pronounce your last name
  • Your hate your name or it just doesn’t suit you and want a new one
  • Your birth certificate actually spells your name slightly differently than the way you’ve always spelled it or there was a mistake when your name was spelled on the birth certificate

There are many other reasons why you might want to change your name or your child’s name and for the most part you have the freedom to do so.

Changing Your Name After Marriage

If you want to change your name because you got married, all you need to do is show your marriage certificate to request the change. Keep in mind that although you have the legal right to use your new name as soon as you’re hitched, it takes a while to get the paperwork.

After the wedding, you need to file your completed marriage license and wait for the marriage certificate to be issued. This is the document you then use to legally change your name moving forward.

Once you have your driver’s license or passport in the new name you can use that to change your name elsewhere. Changing your name after marriage is optional, not required. 

Either or both spouses can change their name after marriage, but the name change must match your spouse’s last name on the marriage certificate or hyphenate the two last names. 

If you’re choosing a completely new surname (if, for example, your last names are McDonald and Martinez you might decide you will both use the name McMartin), you have to go through your state’s name change process.

You cannot change your first name because you got married. You can change your middle name if it involves one of the names on the marriage certificate (for example your pre-marital name is Emily Rose Lee and your spouse’s last name is Sandoval, you could choose to be Emily Lee Sandoval or Emily Sandoval Lee).

Changing Your Name After Divorce

If you are wondering how to legally change your name after a divorce , you must make sure that your certificate of dissolution or judgment of divorce specifically gives you the right to change your name back to your premarital name or that your state law allows this. Most divorces include an order permitting this change. 

You can only change your name back to the name you legally used before your marriage. You can’t change your first name and you can’t invent a new name. If you want to use a name other than your married name or your pre-marital name, you have to go through your state’s name change process. 

Changing your name after divorce optional and not something you have to do. If you want to keep your married name you can do so and your spouse cannot force you to change it.

To change your name after the divorce, you just show your judgment or certificate of divorce as proof of your right to change the name.

Changing a Child’s Name After Adoption

When you adopt a child, their name change is completed as part of the adoption process and a birth certificate is issued in their new name. You don’t need to do anything else to change their name. The child’s first, middle and last names are changed by adoption to the name(s) you choose (if you wish to change one, two or all). The birth certificate is then used as proof of their legal name. 

Changing Your Name for Personal Reasons

To change your name for any other reason you must use your state’s name change procedure in court.

If you want to change your child’s name and there is no adoption involved, you’ll need to go through your state’s name change procedure for a minor. In general if there are two legal parents, they must both agree to the name change in this situation, and you’ll have to have a reasonable reason for making a change.

Follow these steps to have your name legally changed by a court.

1. Choose Your New Name

The first step in answering how to legally change your name is to select your new name. This is important because you want to select a name you will be comfortable with for the rest of your life. Be sure to give this some serious thought before making a final decision. Consider nicknames, initials and ease of spelling and pronunciation.

Can You Change Your Name to Anything?

While you have the freedom to change your name at any time, there are limitations on the new name you can choose for yourself.

  • No rude names. You can’t change your name to something racist, obscene, intimidating or otherwise offensive. Sorry, not sorry. And before you say, “How do I know if the name I want is obscene?” we’ll throw a side eye because you probably already know. As Supreme Court Justice Potter said in one of the famous cases regarding pornography: “I know it when I see it.”
  • No confusing names. You can’t change your name to something that causes confusion, such as a numeral, punctuation, or symbol. For those of you who remember, Prince may have changed his name to a symbol, well, symbolically, but it wasn’t actually legal.
  • No stealing celebrity names. You can’t change your name in a way that could mislead or infringe upon another person’s rights (like a trademarked name). Taylor Swift has worked hard to earn her reputation, and no one else can try to capitalize on that by taking her name.
  • No hiding. You can’t change your name to avoid liability, meaning a legal obligation such as debt or criminal punishment. You also can’t change your name for the purpose of committing a crime.

2. Gather Documents

There’s a reason we’re talking about documents before the name change process, and if you’ve ever shown up unprepared at the DMV, you know why. If you don’t have the correct documents you won’t get anywhere.

Of course here we’re talking about a court, not the DMV, but the principle is the same. Save yourself some time and figure out which documents you need before you get started. These will depend on a) your state of residence and b) the reason for your name change. You can find information on your state court website.

If you’re an adult who simply wants to change your name, common requirements include:

  • A completed application
  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • Proof of identification
  • Proof of residency (documents with your name and address, such as a utility bill)
  • A sworn statement of proof of good character from two citizens of the county
  • A sworn statement declaring outstanding tax or child support obligations
  • State and federal criminal background checks and fingerprints and
  • Payment for the required fee

A “sworn statement” means that the person completing the document must sign it in front of a notary public, who will then notarize the document by stamping it. (This can also be done in front of a judge, but notaries are more commonly used.) A notary public may charge a small fee.

Each state has its own requirements, so be sure to find out exactly which documents you need to provide for your state’s procedure.

3. File for the Name Change

The good news is that assembling your documents is the hardest part of a legal name change, or at least the most tedious. Once you have your documents in order, head to the court and file them with the clerk of court. You will have to pay a fee to file the documents, so come prepared with a method of payment that is accepted by the court.

Depending on your state, you may have to “publish notice” of your name change application. The clerk of court should be able to explain this process, which usually involves paying for a notice to be published in the local newspaper and then providing proof that you have done so. Alternatively, the court may take care of this for you.

It’s possible the clerk of court will ask you for additional information to support your name change petition.

The clerk of court will review your name change application and, if the clerk decides you have good reason to change your name, will grant your request. In some states you have to appear at a brief court hearing before a judge to have your name change approved. It can take several weeks or months to receive your certificate of name change, again depending on the state.

You may have to pay an additional fee for a certified copy of the name change.

It’s possible that your name change request will be denied (although if you follow our advice above, it probably won’t happen). The two main reasons a name change request might be denied are:

  • You picked a name that is against the rules (i.e. you requested a name that is obscene, misleading, confusing, etc.); and/or
  • You missed a step in the process (e.g. your state requires you to publish your name change petition in the local newspaper for 10 days before you file, and you failed to do so).

If the clerk of court or the judge denies your name change request, you’ll receive a notice of denial explaining the reason for the decision. The notice should also explain your right to appeal that decision, and the time frame for doing so.

If you made a mistake in the process or forgot a form, you may have the opportunity to amend your filing by adding the missing documents within a certain period of time. Pay attention to the time frame so you don’t miss your window.

How Much Does It Cost to Change Your Name?

The cost for changing your name varies by state. In some states the fee is under $100, but other states may charge up to $500. Keep in mind that you may also have to pay a fee to a newspaper for publication in addition to the court filings. Check your state court website for filing fee details.

Once you’ve got your court order you’ll still need to change legal documents and inform entities and people who really should know about your new moniker. Here’s a representative sample, although by no means exhaustive:

  • Your family
  • Your friends
  • Your employer (and coworkers)
  • Your will/powers of attorney/other estate planning documents
  • The Social Security Administration
  • Utility companies
  • Your passport and TSA precheck or global entry
  • Insurance companies
  • Health care providers
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Credit card companies and lenders
  • Your mortgage holder or your landlord

You get the idea, right? In many instances, the legal process of changing your name could actually be the easy part.

Note: The fear of fraud is real, so don’t be surprised if you get pushback from banks, insurance providers, etc. Fortunately, you’ll have your court-issued certificate to back you up, so be sure to provide that. Just take a deep breath and summon some patience.

Should I consult a lawyer before changing my name?

You certainly can, and it would almost certainly make the process significantly easier and faster. If you hire an attorney , you’ll pay for their time in handling the name change. If legal counsel is not in your budget, you can change your name without it. Just be very careful to cross your T’s and dot your I’s.

You also have the option of using a name change service to assist you in changing your name if you find you need assistance with making sure you are thorough in your checklist.

How Long Does It Take to Change Your Name?

If you marry or divorce, you instantly get the right to change your name once that process is completed. But it can take a few weeks to change your name everywhere you want it changed. If you go through a name change process, the length of time it takes depends on your state’s process and whether you need to appear in court. 

If you must have a court appearance for the name change process, you will need to wait for a slot to be available on the court’s calendar. In most states you can get your name change completed within a few weeks or months. Then you’ll need to work through your list of places you want to change your name after that.

How Many Times Can You Change Your Name?

Technically, you can change your name as many times as you want to. For example, if you got married and divorced five times, you could have 10 name changes associated with those.

If you are going through your state name change procedure though it’s likely that frequently changing your name will raise some questions for the court and unless you can provide a good reason for the current change, it could be denied or the court could ask a lot of questions and make the process challenging.

How Do You Change Your Name on Your Passport?

If you are wondering how to change your name on your passport, the answer depends on the situation. If you are changing your name less than a year after the passport was issued, you submit Form DS-5504 to the Department of State along with your passport and name change document and a photo. There is no fee for this process.

However, if you want to change your name more than a year after issuance of your passport, use Form DS-82 and include your name change document, photo, your passport and the fee. Check the Department of State website for forms, fees and details.

How Do You Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

To change your name with the Social Security Administration due to marriage, you can apply online through their website or appear at a local office.

To change your name for any other reason with Social Security, you can begin the process online but must complete it in person at an office. Check the Social Security Administration website for more details.

Does Your Name Automatically Change When You Get Married?

Your name does not automatically change when you get married, however you automatically get the right to change your name. You don’t need to go through any separate legal process other than the wedding. If you want to change your name after you are married, the marriage certificate is the documentation you provide to places like the DMV or your bank. 

Can You Change Your Last Name Without Getting Married?

You can change your last name without getting married or divorcing if you go through your state’s name change procedure and follow all the rules and requirements and are not changing your name to avoid debts or to hide from prosecution.

How much does it cost to change your name?

Most states require a fee to change your name, to the tune of a couple hundred dollars. You might also have to pay a small amount to publish a legal notice in a newspaper. If you don’t have that, you’ll need to save up first.

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How do I change my name or nickname in GroupMe?

You can change your GroupMe name by editing your profile. You can also change your nickname per chat, so you can have different nicknames in different chats.

To change your name in GroupMe:

Select your  profile picture .

Tap the  Edit profile  button.

New chat button

Tap your Name , then enter your new name.

Done button

To change your nickname in a chat:

Go to the chat in which you want to change your nickname.

Tap the group avatar .

Settings button in GroupMe

Tap Edit your profile .

Tap in the Edit nickname field, then enter your new name.

Tap the Name field, then enter your new name.

Go to the chat in which you want to change your name.

Tap the chat name at the top of the screen.   

Tap Nickname , then enter your new name.

Select your avatar (profile picture).

Edit button

Type your new name in the Name field .

Click away from your profile to save your name change.

Select the chat name at the top of the screen.

Settings button

Select Edit your profile .

Enter your new name in the Nickname field.

Sign in to your GroupMe account in a web browser.

Select your avatar  (profile picture), then click the  Edit  button next to the name field.

Type the new name.

Select the group name at the top of the screen.

Select Settings .

Select the Your Profile tab.

Select Edit in the Your Nickname field, then enter your new name.

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How to change your Minecraft name

Your Minecraft name is usually your Gamertag for whatever platform you play on. It identifies you to other players in multiple games, including Minecraft. There are ways to change your Minecraft name on each platform and also on the Java and Bedrock editions. We’ll walk you through the steps of changing your Minecraft name on every available platform, although it may not be the best idea in some cases.

Please note that there are several old versions that aren’t in active development and also aren’t sold anymore. They include the PlayStation 4 Edition, Nintendo Switch Edition, Pocket Edition, and Xbox One Edition of Minecraft. We do still show you how to change your name in those old versions of the game in the FAQ section at the bottom of this article.

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To change your Minecraft name in the Java Edition, head to Minecraft.net and log in with your account. Once done, head to the profile page , and click where it says Profile Name . Type in the profile name you want and hit Set Profile Name . For Bedrock Edition, your Minecraft name is tied to your Xbox gamertag, so you simply change your Xbox gamertag to change your Minecraft name.

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Yes, it is possible to change your name in every version of Minecraft. The trouble is that there are over half a dozen versions of the game, and not all of them let you change your name the same way. So, we’ll attempt to clarify some stuff really quickly, so things make a little more sense.

To start, there are three versions of Minecraft in active development today. They include:

  • Bedrock Edition
  • Java Edition
  • Education Edition

We have the methods for changing your name in these editions in the tutorials below. You can change your name in the Java Edition for free as many times as you want, but you have to wait 30 days between name changes. For the Bedrock edition, it uses a Microsoft Account. That means it uses your Xbox gamertag. You can change this for free one time, but it costs $9.99 for each subsequent name change, so make sure you make it good. Finally, the Education Edition uses your Microsoft Office 365 Display Name as your in-game name. You can change that however many times you want.

What makes this difficult is that there are four additional versions of the game that are no longer in active development. In fact, they aren’t even for sale anymore, but some people still have them installed on old consoles or their children’s consoles. They include:

  • Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
  • Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
  • Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition

These four versions of the game also had the ability to change your name, but it did so differently. Again, we have tutorials for those four versions of the game in the FAQ section at the bottom of the article. However, since the upgrade to the Bedrock Edition is free of charge for owners of these four editions, we recommend looking into getting the Bedrock Edition for continued developer support, more content, and cross-play.

Change Minecraft name Java Edition

Changing your Minecraft name on the Java Edition of Minecraft is a pretty simple endeavor. Your name is linked to your Minecraft account, so all you have to do is head to the Minecraft website to change it.

  • Head to Minecraft.net and sign in.
  • Once signed in, head to your profile.
  • Find the Minecraft: Java Edition box on the website and click the Profile Name option.
  • Type in your new Minecraft name and hit Set Profile Name .
  • Your name is now changed and should reflect when you load into the game.
  • Pro-tip — You can also just click this link to skip right to the correct page to change your name.

You can only change your Minecraft name this way once every 30 days. This is why some folks can't change their Minecraft name.

Change your Minecraft name on Bedrock Edition

Every Bedrock Edition of Minecraft uses your Microsoft account for your gamertag. That means the only way to change it is to change your Xbox gamertag. This applies to the Xbox, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and the Bedrock Edition on PC. They all use your Microsoft account, and, thus, your Xbox gamertag. We’ll show you how to change that

You can change your Xbox gamertag one time for free. After that, you have to pay $9.99 to do it again. Changing your Xbox gamertag also changes your name in all Xbox games and games that use your Microsoft account.

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Change Gamertag Xbox on website

  • Note — The Bedrock Edition of Minecraft requires you to have a Microsoft account for online and multiplayer features. If you do not have one, you’ll need to make one before continuing this tutorial.
  • Open your browser and go to Microsoft’s official website and log in with your Microsoft account.
  • Head to https://social.xbox.com/changegamertag .
  • Enter the gamertag you want and click Check availability .
  • If your gamertag is not available, hit back and try a different gamertag.
  • If your gamertag is available, you’ll hit Change gamertag on the next screen.
  • Follow the instructions until you are done.
  • Note — You can also get to the website to change your gamertag from the settings of Minecraft, where there is a Change Gamertag button in the Account Settings .

On the Xbox console

Xbox gamertag change

Obviously, there’s a method to change your Xbox gamertag from the Xbox itself. Those with Xbox consoles can do this, and it’s a bit faster than the PC tutorial above. However, we only recommend this method if you own an Xbox.

  • Turn on your Xbox, hit the Xbox button on your controller.
  • Bumper over to the profile tab and click on your name. Select My profile .
  • On the next screen, select Customize profile .
  • Next, select where your gamertag is written and hit A .
  • Enter your gamertag and hit the start button on your controller.
  • On the next screen, it’ll verify that your gamertag is available and not breaking the terms and conditions.
  • Hit the Change gamertag button to complete the change.

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The last major version of Minecraft is the Education Edition. This is only available for the education version of Office 365. Thus, it works a bit differently than the Bedrock or Java editions of the game. The Education Edition uses your Office 365 display name as your Minecraft name. Thus, to change your name in the game, you need to change your Office 365 display name. Here’s how.

  • Head to your Office 365 account settings using the link.
  • Toward the bottom of the options, click Edit information .
  • A box should pop up. Once it does, click the General tab on the left side.
  • Change your display name and hit Save .
  • Note — Some folks may not be able to change their display name without the help of an administrator. If this is the case, you’ll need to contact your Office 365 administrator to change your display name.

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Simply open the game menu and go to the options menu. You’ll see a box where you can change your name from the default, which is Steve.

Your name in Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition is tied to your PlayStation Network ID, also known as your PlayStation gamertag. Sony has a tutorial on changing your PSN ID .

This version uses your Xbox gamertag just like the Bedrock Edition. Simply follow the same steps to change your Xbox gamertag that you would for the Bedrock edition.

The Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition uses your Switch profile name. To change your name, go into the Switch’s system settings, scroll to Users, select the User you want to change, and change their name.

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A legislative proposal would make it safer and more accessible to change one’s name, an issue that primarily affects refugees, people who are transgender or gender-nonconforming and those escaping domestic violence.

Senate Bill 5028 , proposed by Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, would expand the current name-change process to allow Washingtonians to apply through any district court in the state – as opposed to only the one in which they reside – and also would allow certain petitions to be filed in any superior court in the state. 

The bill would additionally require that petitions filed through a superior court be sealed from public record to ensure a petitioner’s safety.

SB 5028, at its most basic level, addresses privacy – or a lack thereof.

When someone changes their name under the current system, their old name, new name, and complete mailing address are publicly published with the county recorder, even though name changes through marriage are marked private.

“What the current law requires is that you have to be beaten up by somebody before you’re even allowed to go into a superior court and state your case in front of a judge,” Maia Xiao testified during a Jan. 12 hearing . “[SB 5028] says that you should at least be able to go there and share your concerns without having to be harmed first.”

Xiao, a graduate computer science student at the University of Washington, began writing a letter during the pandemic outlining the need for greater privacy protections for transgender individuals. In March 2022 she sent that letter to Sen. Pedersen, who wrote back expressing his interest in pursuing a bill similar to a New York model.

Maia Xiao photographed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science

Maia Xiao, who testified in favor of SB 5028, photographed at the Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. (Amanda Snyder/Crosscut)

“[SB 5028] just acknowledges that the world has changed so much, and we are seeing so many more harms … There are so many harms in the world that might not involve physical violence inflicted on you, but they can still be so destructive to you as a person,” Xiao said in an interview. “I think this bill basically recognizes those nuances.”

In 2015, New York’s legislature amended section 64-a of the New York Civil Rights Act, effectively ending the requirement that a person prove physical harm or a threat to their safety to make a name change private.

The American Medical Association in 2019 recognized “an epidemic of violence against the transgender community, especially the amplified physical dangers faced by transgender people of color.”

“Many of the queer and trans young people that we work with do not have supportive families or safe places to live where their identities are affirmed and their names are affirmed,” said Bekah Telew, co-executive director of Seattle LGBTQ+ Center. “And this legislation really gives people more access to choice and to live in [their] choice[s] more safely.”

To do this, many trans and gender-nonconforming individuals have chosen to leave their country of birth and build a new life in the United States. However, the intersectional identity of being an immigrant and a member of the LGBTQ+ community can carry double weight in a nation that has launched countless legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and existence. 

According to the Human Rights Campaign, LGBTQ+ people are 97 times more likely to report being sexually abused in immigration detention. 

“Refugees and immigrants tend to cling together in a smaller community so that they can support each other,” said Mahnaz Eshetu, executive director of the Refugee Women’s Alliance of Washington. “If there is a need to escape from that, from the family or the community, I think the name change will be a great help.”

At the bill’s hearing on Jan. 12, 47 people signed in “pro” and two signed in “other.”

“The one fear that we have, that we’re still working through, is whether or not this process could be abused or manipulated by somebody to try to escape accountability later on,” said James McMahan from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs at the hearing. “We know that’s certainly not the intent that will be by far a very rare instance, but we wouldn’t want to inadvertently allow that to happen.”

The language of the bill will not allow offenders under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and sex offenders subject to registration requirements to petition a superior court for a name change; however, they may still be able to petition a district court. Name changes granted in a district court are not sealed from the public record.

The bill has received bipartisan support, with legislators finding common ground on the issue of privacy.

“The reason I agreed to co-sponsor this bill is because I believe in people’s fundamental right to privacy,” Sen. Wagoner, R-Sedro Woolley, said during the hearing. 

According to Dana Savage, president of the QLaw Bar Association of Washington, SB 5028 is consistent with Article 1 Section 7 of the Washington Constitution mandating the right to privacy in our personal affairs.

Not all name-change applicants would be able to petition a superior court if this bill passes; in fact, the restrictions remain narrow. 

As written in the first substitute bill, name-change petitions can be filed in any superior court across the state:

  • “When a person desiring a change of name is an emancipated minor or has received asylum, refugee, or special immigrant juvenile status; or
  • When the reason for the person’s name change, or the name change of the person’s child or of an individual subject to guardianship for whom the person has been appointed as guardian, is related to gender expression or identity, or is due to an experience of or reasonable fear of domestic violence, stalking, unlawful harassment, or coercive control.”

“It definitely shows some support for immigrants and trans people and non-binary people because it does extend that super-, super-narrow definition of who is allowed to go through superior court to get a name change and seal it,” Xiao said. “We love to see it. I love to see it. I think it's great that it is happening, but I don't think the fight is over yet.”

SB 5028 passed the Senate on Feb. 1 with 45 yeas, 3 nays, and 1 excused. It is now in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee awaiting a hearing.

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How to change account name on Windows 11

Do you need to update your account name? Here's how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 change account name

  • Change account name via Settings
  • Change account name via Control Panel

You can change the name of your  Windows 11 (opens in new tab)  account at any time for any reason. You can change it because the name is spelled wrong, you recently updated your name, or you want to make it a little more private. Or you use a local account and wish to display your real name instead of a nickname. 

Regardless of the reason, Windows 11 allows you to update the account name in different ways, depending on the account type you use. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the different ways to update your account in the Sign-in screen for a Microsoft and local account.

How to change account name using Settings

When creating a Windows 11 account with a Microsoft account, the system will show the name from your online account. If this is the case, you would have to change your online settings to change the name on your computer.

To change the account name on Windows 11, use these steps:

  • Open  Settings .
  • Click on  Accounts .
  • Click the  Your info  page on the right side.
  • Click the  Manage my accounts  option under the "Related settings" section. 
  • Quick tip:  You can always access your account settings online  on this Microsoft page (opens in new tab) .
  • Sign in with your credentials (if applicable).
  • Click the  Your Info  tab.
  • Under the current name of the account, click the  Edit name  option.
  • Change the account's first and last name.
  • Quick tip:  You can technically use anything you want, but to make your information a little more private, you can use the first six letters of your name and the first two letters of your last name.
  • Confirm the challenge to verify that a robot is not making the changes.
  • Click the  Save  button.
  • Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the Sign-in screen will update the information and display the new name.

Although making changes to your account is easy, this will also update the information on every service provided by the company, including Outlook mail, Microsoft 365, and Xbox network.

How to change account name using Control Panel

If you use a local account (without a Microsoft account), you have multiple methods to change the account name on Windows 11.

User Accounts

To modify the account name through the User Accounts settings, use these steps:

After you complete the steps, the next time you sign into your account, the name will be reflected on the screen.

Alternatively, you can use the legacy user manager to change the account name on Windows 11.

To change the account name with netplwiz, use these steps:

Once you complete the steps, the Sign-in screen will reflect the new name on Windows 11.

The settings will also display your Microsoft accounts (if applicable), but the cloud settings will overwrite the information if you try to change your account name with this tool.

Computer Management

To change the account name through the Computer Management app, use these steps:

After you complete the steps, the new local account name will appear on the Sign-in screen and across the experience.

While it's possible to change the account name in more than one way, there's not an option that will rename your profile folder inside the "Users" folder. If you also want to change the name of your profile folder, it's best to create an entirely new account and transfer the information to the newly created profile.

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Why Zaya Wade’s Legal Name Change Means So Much To Us

Zaya Wade attends the Miu Miu Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 4, 2022.

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Last week, A Los Angeles court signed a petition to honor 15-year-old Zaya Wade’s name and gender change , a huge step forward in the ongoing fight for trans and gender-nonconforming youth rights nationwide.

This came just days before her parents, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, took the stage at the NAACP image awards to honor their daughter , asking the audience, “Will we fight for some, or will we fight for all of our people?” It’s a question that definitely warrants conversation in Black spaces.

There is something revolutionary about respecting Zaya’s right to name herself. As Black people, our names are intertwined with our identities in a profound way. The names we give our children and what we call ourselves have always had significant roots in empowerment and maintaining cultural identity — which is why I have friends with names such as Queen and Malik (which means “king” in Arabic). These names are meant to tether Black people to the culture and remind them — and anyone who talks to them — that they are worthy of love and reverence when the world attempts to flatten them.

In a report by The Conversation , researchers explored how Black naming practices are directly linked to the development of our culture. “ People from various parts of Africa came together to form black culture as we recognize it today,” wrote Trevon Logan, a professor at The Ohio State University. “One way of passing that culture on is through given names, since surnames were stolen during enslavement.”

Even Black children are aware that their names are unique for a reason. In elementary school, I remember someone telling me my name and the color of a sweater I wore were the same. At that point, I did not know sage was a color or a plant. In my mind, that “sage” and my name were utterly different. I told the kid what my mother told me, that Sage meant wisdom. I was only a young child but understood the crucial connection between my name, culture and sense of pride.

And when Blackness and queerness intersect, the power of a name intensifies. In many instances, trans and gender-nonconforming youth know early on that their legal names do not fit their true identities. Choosing a name that affirms that identity is crucial in their mental well-being and their ability to embrace who they are. And when we honor them by calling them by those names, we also affirm their identity. This is the foundation for building a relationship centered on respect and acceptance, eliminating shame and violence. It is, I argue, the same logic Black families use when naming babies.

We are grappling with supporting a generation that will inherit a world on fire — one that understands that change is necessary for survival. And meaningful change starts on a micro level. It’s our responsibility to support them in their practice. And that starts with saying their (actual) name.

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Astrid Wett and AJ Bunker have agreed that the loser of their boxing fight will have to change their social media moniker.

OnlyFans star Wett will meet former Love Island contestant Bunker as part of KSI's fifth Misfits Boxing 5 card in Telford on Saturday. The pair will clash for the Influencer Boxing flyweight title, which will be the first belt handed out in women's competition, and will see both looking for a big win to set up a huge fight with fellow champion Elle Brooke.

And after trading verbal jabs at yesterday's press conference, Bunker raised the stakes even further by proposing a bet on stage, to prove her confidence that it will be her who will have her hand raised for the second time in her career.

Astrid Wett and AJ Bunker shook on a pre-fight bet

She proposed: "I'm very confident yes shall we do a fun bet? So if I beat you, you have to change all your names on social media to Astrid Wett wipe. You can change my name on socials if you win." Wett replied: "I'm not very creative but AJ Flunker, we have a deal." The rivals then shook hands on the bet which is now in place for the event.

Wett hasn't fought since her win over Keeley Coltran on a previous Misfits Boxing event, but she will be looking to pick up another win to get closer to meeting Brooke. Meanwhile Bunker will also be looking towards Brooke, but she will be hoping to take a step forward to securing a rematch given she lost to the OnlyFans model on a Kingpyn Boxing event last year.

Bunker, who burst to fame on reality TV, has insisted she is ready to beat her rival given the pair struggled to get a deal over the line in first instance. She said: “Basically she was being nice behind the scenes but then I found out she was being a little shady b***h. Then she wasn’t messaging me, I was sending her messages to try and see what was happening.

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"So what was once a peaceful fight, now I genuinely want blood. I hate having my time wasted, and I hate clout chasers. “I have heard that she was trying to show off behind my back. All my respect is gone now, and I am coming for a smoke. I genuinely have no respect for her now, so I want to batter the c*** out of her.

“I have got a game plan, I want to fight Astrid and get my title at flyweight. Elle is not that weight, I will defend that for a while. I want to travel to Texas and travel with Misfits for a while against any fighter that wants to fight for it. I am not going to be like Astrid, I will take on any opponent."

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Zaya Wade Receives Legal Permission To Change Her Name And Gender

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Despite using her given name since 2020, Zaya is now officially known as Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade. This came per a decision entered in Los Angeles ‘ Superior Court.

The post Zaya Wade Receives Legal Permission To Change Her Name And Gender appeared first on Blavity .

The 15-year-legal old’s transition was also given official approval by the judge, enabling her sex markers on documents to reflect her gender identity, TMZ reported. 

This follows some tension between her father Dwyane Wade and Zaya’s mother Siohvaughn, who objected to her request to legally change her name and gender marker. Siohvaughn said last year that Dwyane was trying to “profit” from Zaya’s journey.  

Dwyane Wade's Daughter Zaya Granted Name Change and Legal Transition in Court https://t.co/7QZBeiFlEo — People (@people) February 25, 2023

Zaya has had the unwavering support of her stepmother, Gabrielle Union, 50, and her father, so of course, Dwyane wasn’t letting those allegations rock.

“I’ve received a social media post about me forcing our 15-year-old child to be someone she’s not and to do something against her will. These are serious and harmful allegations that have hurt our children,” Dwyane said in a statement on Instagram. “While none of us are surprised by Siohvaughn’s attempt to fight Zaya’s identity and her unwavering attempt to drag my name through the mud, I’m very disappointed that she continuously find[s] ways of centering herself and HER needs, without regard to her children.”  

Dwyane said that Zaya had to deal with “unsolicited and harmful attention and debates about her gender and sexuality from those who are committed to not listening to her, much less even knowing her,” which he considered “a major source of stress in her life.”  

Regarding Zaya’s relationship with Siohvaughn, Dwyane asserts that since their divorce, she has spent more time fighting with him than she has “spoken and listened to” their daughter. According to People , he has also previously mentioned that he has encouraged her to meet Zaya’s teachers, doctors and therapists over the years, and her friends to better understand her children’s needs, but she has declined to do so.  

In an Instagram post, Dwyane expressed that Zaya has given her mother every chance to get to know her. Still, sadly, she has refused to attend any of her daughter’s school events, including recitals, graduations, school dances, play dates, practices, parent-teacher conferences, etc.

Zaya’s journey has also received encouragement from Gabrielle Union, Dwyane’s wife.  

“It’s our job to be loving, compassionate, protective guides for our children, but their lives are their lives, and we have to respect that,” she said to BuzzFeed .  

At the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade gave a compelling acceptance speech after receiving the President’s Awards. As Blavity reported, the couple spoke out on behalf of their daughter Zaya and other transgender people who frequently experience prejudice and discrimination.

Dwyane expressed gratitude to his daughter for encouraging him to improve.

“As your father, all I’ve wanted to do was get it right,” Dwyane said, speaking about his daughter. “I’ve sat back and watched how gracefully you’ve taken on public scrutiny. And even though it’s not easy, I watched you walk out of that house every morning. As yourself. I admire how you’ve handled the ignorance in our world. I admire that you face every day. To say that your village is proud of you is an understatement.”

Zaya’s mother has remained silent following the legal name change. However, Zaya did upload this clear and simple yet beautiful photo to Instagram with the caption “running late.”  

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Donnie Yen Urged ‘John Wick 4’ Director Chad Stahelski to Change Character’s Stereotypical Name

"why can’t he have a normal name" yen asked. "why do you have to be so generic".

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Donnie Yen didn’t want to perpetuate “generic”-sounding stereotypes onscreen.

The star of “John Wick: Chapter 4” revealed that he asked director Chad Stahelski to change his character’s name to a more “normal” moniker of Caine.

“The name was Shang or Chang,” Yen told GQ . “Why does he always have to be called Shang or Chang? Why can’t he have a normal name? Why do you have to be so generic?”

And the suggested changes didn’t just stop at the character’s name: Yen asked the “John Wick” team to reimagine his role on a sartorial level .

“Then the wardrobe again — oh, mandarin collars. Why is everything so generic? This is a ‘John Wick’ movie. Everybody’s supposed to be cool and fashionable,” Yen said. “Why can’t he look cool and fashionable?”

With Stahelski’s approval, Yen turned his character Caine into an homage of Bruce Lee. “Overall, I enjoyed making the film,” he said, adding that he had a “very respectful experience working on ‘John Wick.'”

Similarly, Best Actress nominee Michelle Yeoh shared in December 2022 that she almost quit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” over her lead character’s name . During Variety’s Actors on Actors series , Yeoh said she did not like the name Michelle Wang for her character.

“The only thing I said to [directors the Daniels] was, ‘The character cannot be called Michelle Wang.’ They’re like, ‘But why? It’s so you,'” Yeoh said. “I’m like, ‘No, I’m not an Asian immigrant mother who’s running a laundromat. She needs her own voice.’ That was the only thing. I’m like, ‘If you don’t change the name, I’m not coming in.'”

The name was changed to Evelyn Wang instead.

Both Yeoh and Yen have extensive real-life martial arts experience. Heading into his first “John Wick” franchise film, Yen is bringing decades of expertise in fighting arts including Japanese karate and Korean taekwondo.

“John Wick: Chapter 4” stunt coordinator and second unit director Scott Rogers teased to Total Film that Yen “brings ‘master level’ fighting abilities” to his films, meaning “he is not an actor that you have to train for each specific fight. He is a great actor who is also a trained fighter. His ability to enhance the choreography through his own creativity is world class. When you add that to the many years of John Wick training that Keanu Reeves has invested, you end up with something very special.”

Yen’s co-star Keanu Reeves added that the fourth installment “has the most action of any of the [‘John Wick’] films, which is saying a lot.” He added, “It’s more by a good margin. It’s a big show.”

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Good morning. If you are like me, you probably still think of Nokia as a cell phone company. But in fact, it has been nearly a decade since Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft , which in turn sold the phone naming rights to HMD. The Finnish company has since turned to B2B telecommunications. And this week, it is launching an effort to remind the world of the change with a new brand image and a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

I spoke with CEO Pekka Lundmark shortly after his keynote and asked him why he was making ESG one of the pillars of his company’s refreshed strategy. (You can read Lundmark’s blog post on the new strategy here .) He responded by talking first about the company’s efforts to reduce network power consumption and to develop network software that optimizes power usage. Then he turned to geopolitics:

“We are not a geopolitical actor. But in today’s world, everything we are doing is in one way or another influenced by politics. Our competitiveness is strong, and geopolitics seems to be favoring us. In many parts of the world, the position of Chinese vendors is weakening….We are testing all our business strategies against geopolitics. The megatrends seem to be favoring us. And we see great opportunities to take market share.”

I asked Lundmark if he had considered changing the name of the company, to shake the cell phone taint. His response:  

“Never…We believe there is so much heritage and value in the company itself.”

Lundmark made several proud references during our conversation to technology innovation at “Nokia Bell Labs,” which of course were originally part of AT&T before that company was broken into pieces. The fabled New Jersey labs went to Lucent, then to Alcatel, before coming to rest at Nokia. More news below. And if you are wondering whether you are one of the lucky folks who lives in a market where housing prices haven’t declined in the last year, read Lance Lambert’s analysis here .

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PM KISAN scheme: Now, beneficiaries can change name as per Aadhaar. Check steps

The government under pradhan mantri kisan samman nidhi (pm kisan) scheme provides income support of rs. 6,000 per year to farmers..

Funds transfer worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>18,700 crore has been done under PM KISAN and PM Fasal Bima Yojana claims worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,400 crore released in the past two months, she said.(PTI file photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently disbursed Rs.16,800 crore to nearly 80 million farmers through direct benefit transfer under the “PM-KISAN” scheme. This is the scheme's 13th installment. The 11th and 12th installments of the PM-KISAN scheme were released in May and October of 2022, respectively.

If you are a PM-KISAN scheme beneficiary and want to change your name according to Aadhaar, follow these simple steps.

-Visit the official website of Prime Minister KISAN.

-Find "Change Beneficiary Name as per Aadhaar" under the "Farmers Corner" section on the portal's home page and enter Aadhaar number, as described on the website under PM Kisan new version.

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-The application will then validate the submitted Aadhaar number against the database.

-If your Aadhaar number is already in use, confirm (Yes/No) whether you want to change your name.

If the Aadhaar number is not found in the database, a message will be displayed "The entered Aadhaar number is not in the database. Please contact the district/village level officer for more information."

If you select "yes," the following farmer information will be displayed:

Registration Number

Farmer Name

Mobile Number

Sub-district

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- You must click on the e-KYC link and complete the e-KYC.

- It will then direct you to complete the e-KYC procedure, and the PM KISAN database will be updated with the farmer's information retrieved from Aadhaar. The database will be updated with demographic data such as name, gender, date of birth, address, Aadhar number, and father's or husband's name.

-After successfully completing e-KYC, the status of Aadhaar seeding can be checked through NPCI. If Aadhaar is associated with a bank account, records will be forwarded for further processing. If the Aadhaar seeding status is "No," you will receive an email with instructions on how to link your Aadhaar number to a bank account.

What is PM-KISAN scheme

The government under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM KISAN) scheme provides income support of Rs. 6,000 per year to farmers with a valid enrolment under the scheme, which is paid in three equal cash transfers of 2,000 - one every four months. It was launched on February 24, 2019, with the payment of the first installment.

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