Wiktionary:Changing username

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Before filing a request please consider the following:

  • If the change is small, such as adding or removing numbers or changing vowels, it is normally better to change your signature to alter your appearance.
  • It is quicker and easier to simply create a new account and link to your old contributions. Dead accounts are harmless.
  • Signatures and other hardcoded text will not be changed, you will have to manually edit to get rid of them.
  • Single Unified Login: To usurp an existing account:
    1. Please add {{subst:usurpation requested}} or similar to their talk page. If that account has email enabled, please email them and explain the situation. Wait for a week after giving notification for any objections, then post the result here.
    2. Please post a link to a diff in a project where you are active. The diff should be an edit made from your account to a talk page or similar acknowledging that yes, it's you making this request. See this example.
  • You are asking for a favour; please be polite and remain patient. In particular, do not pester bureaucrats.




Once you've decided that a change is the best way forward:

  1. Check Special:Listusers to see whether your desired name is not already taken. While it is possible to hijack existing user accounts without their permission, this is undesirable and will require a special reason.
  2. Click add your request and explain clearly why you want to make the change, you must sign your request from your old account.
  3. Wait patiently for one of our bureaucrats to deal with your request.

Once fulfilled[edit]

Your old account will not exist anymore. All edits and other user data (including preferences and watchlist) from your old account will be reattributed to your new account. You can log in with your old password. A log of these changes is kept at Special:Log/renameuser and the requests are archived here.

  1. You should move your old User: and User_talk: pages to your new user name; don't just copy the content.
  2. If you wish you can recreate your old account and request that an administrator block it to prevent other users from impersonating you.


User:Pass a MethodUser:North Atlanticist Usonian[edit]

I'm planning on creating a global account. Since i'm most active on wiktionary, my first step would be to do that here. Pass a Method (talk) 11:12, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Done. Special:CentralAuth. —Stephen (Talk) 05:46, 30 September 2014 (UTC)


I wish to usurp the target user account to complete 'Single Unified Login'. I'm the owner of User:Anup's 'SUL' and have got the target username usurped on multiple Wikimedia projects. I wish to take over the username 'Anup' here as well (diff. link on en-wiki (home project) of usurpation). I've just posted the usurpation notice on target user account's talk page. They do not appear to have email feature enabled. Please do let me know if I missed something in my this request. IndianWikipedian (talk) 11:08, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi. I am working on it. In trying to complete your rename, I have received an error message that says "The chosen username is too similar to existing usernames." I am looking into what can be done about this. Please bear with me. —Stephen (Talk) 16:22, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
I am still checking, but I suspect that you will not be able to use the name User:Anup. On this page, it states that "a global rename is not technically possible if there are attached or unattached accounts associated with the target username". The name that you want to usurp, User:Anup, is an unattached account. In 2007, we did not have global accounts. I don’t think I have any way to delete, change, or usurp this unattached account now. If I learn of a way to do it, I will let you know, but you may have to select a different name. —Stephen (Talk) 17:34, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
There appears to be some confusion. You've globally renamed my User:Anup to User:Anup (usurp). I really didn't ask you to rename my existing User:Anup on other projects but User:IndianWikipedian on this project. If it could not be done, Just say no and let me at least have User:Anup SUL on other attached projects.
And, If you ask me, I've a solution. If you had just renamed my User:IndianWikipedian to User:Anup here (not global, because I already had them). I could be able to attach it with my existing SUL using password method. You've messed up all stuffs. Please bring me back User:Anup SUL. I dont want to have an account on Wiktionary. Anupmehra -Let's talk! 20:59, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
The renaming software has changed recently, so we cannot rename an account only on a single wiki. We can only do a global rename across all wikis. The method that you used to get your Anup account on a few other individual wikis no longer exists.
You cannot get a global rename when there is an old account on some wiki that uses the name unless you usurp it. To usurp it, it is necessary to rename Anup to something like Anup(usurp) and that moves all Anup pages to Anup(usurp), which frees the name Anup for you. This is how the renaming process has worked for years, but the recent software change has affected this and now the original Anup account on Wiktionary did not move (because it was unattached to your account). Only your Anup pages on the other wikis moved. I am waiting for some answers from the programmers, but I don’t think it will be possible to delete or move the original Anup on this wiki, and if I can’t move it, then a global rename will not work.
Also, global rename will not permit me to move your other Anup account back to where they were because this original old Anup account already exists here. As I said, if I can find a way to do it, I will. Right now I do not see how it is possible. If we can’t find a way to move everything back, then you will have to select a different name that has not been used before on any wiki. Let’s hope the programmers will have an answer for this. —Stephen (Talk) 21:46, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
Ugh, this is going very far! I asked in my request that I want to rename to User:Anup to complete my Single User Login that I already had on multiple projects. I also linked the relevant links on here in my request.
Now I understand the messed-up situation here. You were not aware that moving a local account will move a global account (that's mine). You did a unwanted move resulting out of your misunderstanding or lack of understanding.
As unattached accounts are unaffected the global move, Why couldn't I be renamed back globally to Anup? I'm not sure how local User:Anup account here create any conflict in this case, as it didn't earlier.
I don't want to be victim of nothing. User:Anup is unregisted account now on other projects. Any person may register that. I think, I'll do it and create my SUL again but what..I would lose my all contributions till this date, I've made. That's okay, but I'll get my original username back. Thank you very much! -Anup (usurp) (talk) 22:04, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
I apologize for wordings of my comment. But I'm frustrated. Sorry, anyway! Anup (usurp) (talk) 22:06, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
  • @Stephen G. Brown: for such a request, you should ask a Steward to complete, as they still have access to the local rename facility. –xeno 22:18, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
It won’t permit me to rename back globally to Anup, because it sees the local User:Anup account here and considers the name Anup to be already in use by someone else. The local User:Anup account has to be moved somehow. I think the programmers will be able to help with this. As xeno said, they still have the ability to do a local rename. I have put in a request to have this done. —Stephen (Talk) 22:29, 5 December 2014 (UTC)
Okay, the original old Anup account has been moved to Anup (usurped2), and your Anup (usurp) account has been moved globally to User:Anup. It is finished. —Stephen (Talk) 18:50, 6 December 2014 (UTC)


Reason: because I'm a guy and there are too many usernames "similar" to Googleman to let me create an account.

You only have three edits. Why don’t you just log out and open a new account under a name that you like better? As for User:Googleman, that is already an existing account on several wikis. His most recent edit was only a year ago on the Persian Wikipedia. If you can contact User:Googleman to let him know that you intend to usurp his name, and if he does not respond, it will still be a lot of work to take that username. His accounts on each wiki where it exists would have to be usurped individually. —Stephen (Talk) 23:49, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
I honestly don't care about the Persian wikipedia. I want to edit only on wiktionary, wikipedia and Tamil wikipedia. Can't you just do a local rename so that I can create the SUL after that? Take Alison for instance. She has created an SUL even though there are three other unattached accounts with lots of edits (at the bottom of the page I've linked to). I'm sure you have better things to do but pretty please?--Googlewoman (talk) 12:42, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
As of October 2014, Global renamers can no longer do local renames. The only ones who still have access to the local-rename software are the stewards at metawiki. You can try putting in a request there, but I’d say that the other Googleman already owns this account. All of those "Alisons" that you mentioned created their accounts a long time ago, before global accounts even existed. In those days, accounts were all local, but those days are long gone. I think you’re wasting your time with this name. Put in a request at metawiki if you really want to push this...see what they say. —Stephen (Talk) 22:06, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
Weird that there are only global renamers on the local wikis while all the local renamers are on meta. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Anyway thanks for taking your time. --Googlewoman (talk) 03:10, 13 December 2014 (UTC)


While I formerly attended the University of Michigan and many of my edits were focused on local municipalities and districts, I have extended my edits to a multitude of other topics. I have also been active on non-English Wikipedias (such as Esperanto and French), so "Sonĝanto" (which means "one who dreams" in Esperanto) is much more fitting. I want this done for my global account. Thank you. Michipedian (talk) 17:40, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

Done. —Stephen (Talk) 21:04, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

User:Akshay Das XXXUser:Akshay Das UTW[edit]


The word 'XXX' might be a word which could insult me.

I want to replace it with 'UTW' stating the phrase 'Unite The World'.

Kindly change my name as soon as possible.

Done. —Stephen (Talk) 19:43, 8 April 2015 (UTC)


Please can I have my username changed

I can’t change it if it doesn’t exist. I can find no evidence that User:George-Sargeant is a registered name anywhere on Wikimedia. —Stephen (Talk) 04:30, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

User:SVacationsUser:Sebastian at Sundance Vacations[edit]

Hey there! I was hoping to have my username changed because of an issue I was unaware of. I want to make sure I am in accordance with the policies and procedures of Wikipedia! For that reason I am requesting this change so that everyone knows who I am as opposed to a vague name / possible multiple user account. Thank you.

Done. —Stephen (Talk) 21:15, 15 July 2015 (UTC)


I'd like to change my username. I didn't realize my username would be public when making edits on a page. My username is my personal name which I'd rather not be made public for privacy reasons.

New username desired: ss1011

Thank you in advance.

I get an error message when I try to rename you to that new name: The chosen username is too similar to existing usernames: User:S&S1011, User:Ss1011. Can you choose a less common name? —Stephen (Talk) 23:19, 18 September 2015 (UTC)


Can we try User:Rsracer

User:Rsracer done. —Stephen (Talk) 00:49, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you.

There is an edit history that still has my old name (sarahvega) visible. Is there any way that can be removed? I'll provide the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Racer_%28magazine%29&action=history

An admin can hide that, but I am not an admin on English Wikipedia. You would have to ask an admin there to do it for you. —Stephen (Talk) 11:32, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Do you know how or where I can speak to an admin on English wikipedia? Thank you in advance

Try the w:Wikipedia:Help desk. Somebody will be able to help you there or will point you in the right direction. —Stephen (Talk) 22:46, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

User:rijovellaniUser:rijo vellani[edit]

I'd like to change my username. I didn't realize my username would be public when making edits on a page. My username is my personal name which I'd rather not be made public for privacy reasons.

New username desired: rijo vellani

Thank you in advance.

Just to make certain, are you sure that you want to have the username Rijo vellani? You said that you had rather not have your name be made public. Rijo vellani is even more public than Rijovellani. —Stephen (Talk) 13:09, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
Also, you have never made any edits here. Are you planning to, in future? SemperBlotto (talk) 13:12, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
SemperBlotto, changing the username is not like it used to be. It used to be the case that a namechange was for the local wiki only. It’s different now. Changing the username is a global action, so it changes for all wikis. —Stephen (Talk) 13:20, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

User:Juli AlbertoUser:Julian_L[edit]

Hello. When I created my account (on Wikipedia), I used the abbreviation of my first name (Julián), and my second name (Alberto), because in other pages I used "Julian L." as a username, but there are pages where I couldn't use a dot in it (so I used Juli Alberto) and other ones where I couldn't use a space (so I used AlbertoJulian), and when I was creating my account on Wikipedia, I didn't want to use the dot, so that is why I used Juli Alberto. Lately, I was using a variant of the first option, with a underscore (instead of a space) and without the dot (Julian_L), and I would like to use it here and on the rest of Wikimedia. That variation is not new, but it's my favourite one.
--Juli Alberto (talk) 05:11, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

I attempted to rename you, but the system will not allow it. The error message says that your requested new name is too similar to existing names User:Julian l and User:JulianL. —Stephen (Talk) 09:28, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Okay. And, what about User:AlbertoJulian? Is that username available? --Juli Alberto (talk) 19:18, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Almost. That username is too similar to an existing username: User:Albertojulian. There is another possibility...you can go to your PREFERENCES tab under your current name, Juli Alberto, and then under Existing signature you can change it to whatever you like, such as Julian L. Your username would still be Juli Alberto, but all of your comments, anything that you sign with ~~~~, would be signed as Julian L. (Like my name, which is User:Stephen G. Brown, but signed as —Stephen) But if you still want to change your username, try to think of another one and we’ll give it another try. —Stephen (Talk) 20:04, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Okay. So, I think I will change my signature. Another username that I could use is User:Julián Alberto, but, will it be possible?
--Juli Alberto (talk) 22:38, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Not yet. The chosen username is too similar to an existing username: User:Julianalberto. What about something more unusual, such as User:Julián de A y L or something of that sort? —Stephen (Talk) 22:47, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
May be. I was thinking in these possibilities: User:Julián A. L., User:Julián A. de L. (my surname doesn't have a "de", but that is not important) and (finally) your option: User:Julián de A y L. Try in this order, and the first available username will be mine.
Also, I was thinking about… translating my name? For example, User:Giuliano_L (Italian), User:Giuliano Alberto (Italian), User:Giuliano A. L. (Italian), User:Julião_L (Portuguese), User:Julião Alberto (Portuguese) or User:Julião A. L. (Portuguese). Maybe these can be alternative option, in case the three first ones are not available, and if the same problem (with the Spanish alternatives) doesn't persist. --Julian_L (talk) 03:05, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
Okay, it worked using your second choice, User:Julián A. de L.. Your first choice, User:Julián A. L., was too close to Julian41, JulianaL and Julianal. —Stephen (Talk) 11:44, 3 May 2016 (UTC)
Thank you very much! --Julian_L (talk) 16:45, 3 May 2016 (UTC)


I realize that there is already a User:Kleio (w/ no activity, apparently?) and that it may be problematic to take it over, but I would very much prefer that. If it is impossible, I would also be ok with User:KIeio, with a capital i instead of a lowercase L.

Anyhow, would love to change my username as my current one is a pseudonym of mine I used when I was, well, younger. It feels whimsical and immature, and it annoys me a great deal. 𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚢 · 🇹 · 🇨 · 10:55, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

User:Kleio is likely to be a problem. It was last used in October 2015, which is only about six months ago. You could e-mail User:Kleio and ask whether he wants to keep his username, but I suspect he will want to keep it (Special:EmailUser/Kleio).
I can try User:KIeio with cap I and see if the system will permit it. Just let me know which way you want to go. —Stephen (Talk) 19:17, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
The capital letter i version would be fine, I hope it works. 𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚢 · 🇹 · 🇨 · 19:26, 5 May 2016 (UTC)
Many thanks. Kleio (t · c) 00:07, 6 May 2016 (UTC)


Hello, while creating my account i accidentally typed the "X" as a capital letter and I would please like it corrected to a lower case 'x'. x8BC8x (talk) 18:28, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

The first letter is automatically capitalized. It can’t be made into a lowercase. However, you can go into your Preferences tab and change your Signature to appear however you like. Whenever you sign your name with four tildes ~~~~, it will appear according to your preferences. —Stephen (Talk) 00:02, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Hah!!! Ohhh alrighty then. Thanks for the info!!! x8BC8x (talk) 18:28, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

User:Amin wordieUser:Amin[edit]

Dear Wiktionarians,

I hereby would like to request the username amin. I'm an avid contributor to Wiktionary and would like to to have a username that is simple and recognisable for other community members. Thanks in advance. Amin wordie (talk) 22:08, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

Hi. Someone is using the name ab:w:Алахәыла ахцәажәара:Amin on the Abkhaz Wikipedia, but he has not been active for quite a while. You need to leave a message on his talk page, explaining that you want to take that name, and ask if he objects. I think you should allow two weeks for him to respond. If he does not answer, we can try to take that name. I can't promise that the namechange program will allow it, but we can try it if the original Amin does not object.
If you want to try to usurp this name, please place a notification on Amin's talk page. I will translate a proper notification, since Amin does not know English well. —Stephen (Talk) 08:33, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
Following is a translation of the notification that you can use:
==Запрос на передачу учётной записи==
Здравствуйте, Amin. На странице Запросы на узурпацию была размещена заявка на передачу учётной записи с Вашим именем пользователя, поскольку Вы не использовали её для редактирования в течение длительного времени, и её хотел бы использовать другой участник для работы в проекте. Правила передачи имён учётных записей другим участникам говорят, что любая неиспользуемая учётная запись может быть передана другому пользователю, если в течение 14 дней после уведомления текущего владельца учётной записи от него не поступило возражений.
Если в Ваших настройках указан адрес электронной почты, то Вы должны получить электронное письмо от бюрократа, проводящего замену учётной записи, с объяснениями того, как согласиться или возразить против этого процесса.
Если Вы не возражаете против переименования Вашей учётной записи, для того чтобы именем «Amin» мог пользоваться другой участник, пожалуйста, авторизуйтесь и напишите ответ здесь, подтверждая это (Вы можете также указать новое имя пользователя, которое Вы хотели бы получить после переименования, или же мы предоставим Вам автоматически сгенерированное имя пользователя).
Если Вы не предпримете никаких действий: то заявка будет удовлетворена по истечении четырнадцати дней, и Вашей учётной записи будет присвоено автоматически сгенерированное имя. Вы можете направить запрос для её последующего переименования на новое имя в любое время.
Если Вы против переименования: пожалуйста, войдите в систему и отредактируйте эту страницу, чётко указав, что Вы возражаете против передачи учётной записи.
Обратите внимание, что если Ваша текущая учётная запись будет переименована, Вы всё равно сможете далее редактировать Википедию, также не будут утеряны и другие данные связанные с учётной записью; все Ваши настройки, список наблюдения, и прочие пользовательские установки будут перенесены на новую учётную запись.
Спасибо за внимание.
Thank you for the reply and translation. I have left the message on Amin's talk page. I'll check back in two weeks. Amin wordie (talk) 03:42, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
@Stephen G. Brown Hi Stephen, A couple of months passed by and the user did not reply or object to the username change. Is it possible to try to change my username to 'amin' now? Amin wordie (talk) 17:39, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
Done. —Stephen (Talk) 19:36, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

User:Serenedijppitty → User:IsomorphycSandbox[edit]

Hello; could you please coalesce my account User:Serenedijppitty into my new account, User:IsomorphycSandbox? I have found it is quite difficult for me to work on modules without a dedicated sandbox account. While I have always been transparent that these accounts are the same person, and have never used it for anything else, I would like to have concordant usernames. For clarity, I have exactly four Wiktionary accounts (the other two are Isomorphyc, my main account, and OrphicBot, my robot account), and I would like to reduce this to three. I regret the confusion of names. Thank you. Isomorphyc alias Serenedijppitty (talk) 01:40, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Hello again; I wanted to post here as User:IsomorphycSandbox to indicate my agreement in my scheme. Thank you. Isomorphyc alias IsomorphycSandbox (talk) 01:43, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Hello; I just wanted to stop in to demonstrate my complicity in this small matter of mine. Thanks. Isomorphyc (talk) 02:33, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi. We can do that eventually, but at the moment there is a problem with the renaming program. Some renames go through, but a lot of renames get stuck unpredictably and become unusable (until the problem is fixed). See bug T137973. The stewards are asking us to hold off on renaming until they can figure out how to fix it. This procedure would involve both of your names, Serenedijppitty and IsomorphycSandbox, so both of them could become inoperable. Note that it has been broken since June 8th, about three weeks ago.
Note: When the bug is fixed, I will need to usurp the name IsomorphycSandbox for you, which means renaming it to something else in order to delete the name IsomorphycSandbox to make it available for your rename. That would mean that all edits you make using IsomorphycSandbox would become unattached to that name, and you would only see the edits that you made using the name Serenedijppitty. It won't be a problem if you don't mind losing the record of edits made with IsomorphycSandbox. —Stephen (Talk) 13:30, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Hi Stephen, I appreciate your help, and regret the need to bring this trivial matter to your attention. I have deliberately not used IsomorphycSandbox at all, so any losses will only be in this thread; I misunderstood the text at the top of this page, and believed I had to create the new desired name to effect a unification. Any interval caused by the bug is not a problem. Thank you for letting me know about it. Isomorphyc (talk) 14:32, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Okay, good. So you want to wait until the program is fixed before we do this? It isn't clear to me whether you want to wait or go ahead now and take a chance on getting stuck. —Stephen (Talk) 17:54, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Apologies, I misunderstood again. I assumed you meant the Stewards had made renaming off-limits till it is fixed. I'm very willing to roll the dice on making the change now; I will just use my main account Sandbox if it does get stuck temporarily. Thanks. Isomorphyc (talk) 19:36, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
It all appears to have gone to completion. Nothing stuck. —Stephen (Talk) 01:14, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Indeed, it worked. I appreciate it! Isomorphyc (talk) 11:00, 2 July 2016 (UTC)


I'd just like to change the d to a D. I tried creating a new account, but, as I suspected, it would not let me due to the name being the same.

thank you.

This won’t work. If I try to make this change, I’ll get an error because it’s too close to an existing name. You only have the five edits you have just made, so you should simply stop using this name and create a new one (but with more difference than a case change). Maybe User:Dame Duplica. —Stephen (Talk) 03:50, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

ok. thank you.

User:Philmonte101 -> User:PseudoSkull[edit]

Hi. Can you please change my username to PseudoSkull? I don't think that's been used before. (I was suggested to come here rather than create a new account) Thanks. Philmonte101 (talk) 14:08, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

If this doesn't work, can you try User:PseudoSkill, then User:MetaSkull, then User:MetaSkillz. Philmonte101 (talk) 14:13, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
Done. (It is currently processing. Should be finished soon.) —Stephen (Talk) 21:18, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

User:Manikandan DuraisamyUser:makekovilpalayam[edit]

I don't like my old userName unsigned comment by User:Manikandan Duraisamy 07:54, 6 October 2016‎ (UTC)

Done —Stephen (Talk) 07:32, 8 October 2016 (UTC)


I would like to change my username because it's my first and last name. I would like to change it to Andy Hexagon. unsigned comment by [User:]] 05:01, 10 November 2016‎ (UTC)

You need to make this request using your registered username. I have no idea who you are. —Stephen (Talk) 10:00, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

User:Abdallah Raihan Abdul-RahmanUser:66raihan[edit]

I had no idea my real name will be visible to the public. This is my real name and for anonimosity sake, I would like to change it to "66raihan". For the sake of my privacy and protection, I hope you will heed my request. Thank you.

  • But you haven't made any edits. If you hadn't added this request, nobody would have seen your name. SemperBlotto (talk) 08:24, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
    • Yes, since you have no edits, just stop using this name, log out and register a new name. —Stephen (Talk) 09:57, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

User:George AnimalUser:Şêr[edit]

Hi. Can you please change my username to Şêr? I don't think that's been used before. Thanks in advance --GeorgeAnimal. 18:40, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes, Şêr has not been used before. However, at the moment WikiMedia is running a maintenance script that interferes with renaming. The maintenance script was supposed to be finished by tonight at midnight, but now they say that it will take longer. Their notice to me says this: Please note that, due to a maintenance script (see Phabricator ticket), no renames will be processed until the script is finished. At this time we have no word on a completion date.
So I will be able to change your username after the maintenance script is completed. —Stephen (Talk) 19:31, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
Done. —Stephen (Talk) 09:45, 8 December 2016 (UTC)