I've setup Gmail to use my own email address, like [email protected]. When using this address as from-address, sometimes I want it to prefix with my personal name, and sometimes my company name. I mean the possibility to use either: John Doe <[email protected]> or Acme Inc <[email protected]>. Same from-address, but prefixed with a different name.

However, if I add one (in Accounts and Imports) and then add the other, it says: address already exists. Yes, that's right, but I want to use the same address with different names.

How do I go about this, or is this impossible in Gmail?


2 Answers 2


If you're willing to use "plus addresses" and you domain name (e.g. mycompany.com) supports it (like gmail.com does) you can mostly fake it.

Add a new "send as" address with Name of "Agent Black" and email address of "[email protected]".

When receiving mail Google will ignore everything between the + and the @.

  • I'm familiar with plus addresses, but in this case I need both addresses to be the same (just with different names in the From: header).
    – RocketNuts
    Nov 14, 2015 at 21:35

It impossible to do it in gmail, but you can delete this address and add it with the wanted name.

  • That would be pretty extreme. One can easily change the alias of an email address within Gmail; there is no need to delete a whole account just to change an alias. The OP is dealing with what is technically the same address. Nov 10, 2015 at 19:03

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