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Some friends chose weird nicknames that I cant relate to them and I cant recognize them in the Chat list. I went to "Contacts" in my Google account (https://mail.google.com/mail/#contacts) and I changed their display name, but that only had an effect for the chat list in Gmail, not in Google+ (Weird that they dont display the same).

How can I fix this?

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Define "weird". Add some examples or screenshots maybe? –  Bibhas May 24 '12 at 18:08
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I just mean that they chose random nicknames that I cant relate them in any way to who they really are. I need to change it to their real name. Sorry if that was confusing. –  Dbugger May 25 '12 at 7:22

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It may sound Weird to you, but yes, they don't display the same names in GMail, Google+ and Orkut.

The name Displayed in GMail and Google Talk will always be the same.

This is a Screenshot of one of my Contact Details in my GMail account:

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You can change their name in your Google Contacts - this change will reflect on your Google Contact List, GMail Integrated Chat, Google Talk and e-mails you receive from the particular individual.

But you cannot change their name in Google+ Profile, it's completely their choice - this will be reflected in their Google+ Profiles, Google+ integrated chat and hangouts, notification e-mails you receive through Google+ related to the particular individual.

The same applies for Orkut (not that anybody cares about it).

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This isn't exactly true. I have changed the contact name in Gmail, but on Gmail integrated chat it still remains as the user defined. –  NeTeInStEiN Sep 19 '13 at 13:02

I know a very easy solution for this problem that might or might not fix it: ask your friend to change their nickname! If you can't relate to them because of the weird name, explain this to them and maybe they'll change it to please their friends.

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