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I'm encountering a small but rather frustrating stupid problem that's driving me mad.

At some point Google insisted on me specifying a first and last name. I entered "Stromboli" for both. Since then, my nickname appears as "Stromboli Stromboli" (i.e. twice).

I have changed my nickname, I have removed the last name, but no matter what I try... It seems to looks OK in all profile settings but when I actually place a comment anywhere on Youtube, it still appears as "Stromboli Stromboli".

Here's some screenshots of what I tried, with the current settings.

• Youtube top right profile popup:

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• Youtube settings:

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• When I click Edit on Google:

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• The dropdown options for "Display my name as" are:

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• Back in in my Google profile:

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• Clicking the top right popup:

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• When I click on "My Account", I get to Personal info in Google:

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• Top right google account popup:

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• And even my Gmail settings:

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• However... When I place a comment on a video, or when I enter the chat in a Live stream:

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Would anyone know how I can get Youtube to just show my name as "Stromboli" (once, not twice) when I place comments on videos or streams??

Note: instead of using a first and/or last name, I also see a lot of Youtube comments using only a custom nickname. So I know it's possible. That'd be also great for me, is there a way I can specify to just use a nickname on Youtube?

  • Check and see what your Google+ profile says. I've (anecdotally) found that overriding names in some weird places. – jonsca Jun 22 '18 at 0:30
  • Is Google+ something else than this and this step from above? – Stromboli Jun 22 '18 at 7:50
  • What happens if you put a single dot as your surname? That used to be the workaround from back in the day when last names were required, YouTube doesn't display the dot. – Leo Wattenberg Jun 22 '18 at 15:58
  • @Stromboli Yeah, it's their "social networking" site. If you google your username and you still have a G+ profile out there, it will come up – jonsca Jun 23 '18 at 1:31
  • @LeoWattenberg That worked like a charm. I've added that as the solution, all credit to you! For some reason I cannot up +1 your comment, but thanks a lot! – Stromboli Jun 23 '18 at 18:42
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Thanks to Leo Wattenberg's comment: the solution is to simply change my last name into . (a dot)

  • Sorry, I thought this was a comment on another question when I saw it in review. – jonsca Jun 24 '18 at 2:22

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