Many years ago I linked my Google account with username
firstname.lastname@example.org to my YouTube channel with username
xyz (note that usernames are different).
Recently YouTube prompted me to add a Google+ profile or Google+ page to my YouTube channel. I opted to create a separate Google+ page with the same name as the YouTube channel (
Now, I realize that Google+ pages do not have an associated email address. I would like to to somehow get access to a Gmail address using my YouTube channel username, that is
email@example.com. However, I don't seem to be able to create a Gmail address with that name (error message "Someone already has that username").
But I'm pretty sure that nobody is using this username, in fact for years Google have not allowed users to create new Google accounts with usernames which were claimed already as YouTube usernames. It would make sense for me to be able recover the
firstname.lastname@example.org address now that my
email@example.com account is no longer linked to my
xyz YouTube channel (in fact I belive a Google account with username
firstname.lastname@example.org has likely never existed).
Is there anyway to do it?