Do you have “suchandsuchandsuch” as the name that shows up in quotes next to your Gmail address? Are you using your first and last name but worry about this showing up online wherever you send an email? Change it!
There are two obvious ways:
1) Log in to Gmail/Google mail.
2) At the upper right of your browser, click your email address to reveal a drop-down list.
3) Click Account Settings. The Google accounts screen opens, with subheadings Profile, Personal Settings, and *My Products down below.
4) Under the Profile subheading, click Edit your personal info. The Edit personal information screen appears.
5) Using the “First name” and “Last name” fields, change the name associated with the Gmail account (the purpose of the “nickname” field is unclear. You don’t have to use your full name; however, the “Last name: ” field requires at least one alpha character. It doesn’t have to be your full name, and better that it not be, for security purposes.)
*NOTE: Under the My Products subheading you will see icons for the various Google apps – Analytics, Book Search, Docs, etc. If you need global access to these apps, here is one page for that.
The other way is simply to repeat steps 1) – 3) but navigate to the Edit Personal information screen via Personal Settings instead – that’s the section just to the right of the Profile subheading on the Google Accounts page). You will see the list “Security, Dashboard, and Email addresses, Multiple sign-in, and Connected accounts.”
1) Under Personal Settings < Email addresses click “Edit.” The very same Edit personal information screen appears.
2) Edit the information in the name fields to change the name associated with your Gmail account.