Customize the Gmail name format for your users

As an administrator, you can control how email sender names appear to message recipients. You can choose from two name display options:

  • First Last, for example Bob Smith
  • Last, First, for example Smith, Bob

You can also let your users set up a display name that they choose.

Note: Name format settings apply only to messages sent with Gmail mobile or web apps, and the Contacts web app.

To change name format settings, or to let users set their name format:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGmailand thenUser settings.
  3. To set how the sender's name appears to recipients, select one of these options under Name format:
    • First, Last
    • Last, First
  4. To apply this name format to all users in your domain, uncheck the Allow users to customize this setting box.

  5. (Optional) To let users choose their name format, check the Allow users to customize this setting box.

    Users don't have the two name format options listed in Step 3. They can enter any name format in the Name field by following the steps in Change the name on your Gmail account.

  6. Click Save. Changes can take up to 24 hours but typically happen more quickly. Learn more

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