Name change

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My friend wants to change his first name on his IMDb page from "Ben" to "Benjamin" as he feels it sounds more professional. He has some credits now under Ben and plans to have future credits under the formal, Benjamin. Is there a way that this can easily be changed now instead of waiting until the Benjamin's outnumber the Ben's?

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Thomas Ely Sage

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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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No, it can be changed immediately.

Name Corrections

Correcting existing data

  • Please remember that we record the name as it appears on-screen; even if the name is not spelled the way its owner prefers, it could still be the name we want in the database.
  • If a name is spelled differently in one particular credit, then you should add the appropriate (as ...) attribute to it instead by correcting that particular credit.
  • Name corrections can be used to combine entries for a single person that appear under two or more different names. In this case, you should decide which name should remain -- usually the name used most often, though if a person is expected to use a single name for all future credits, this would be the one to choose.
  • All other names should then be corrected to that name, choosing the option to Preserve previous name on existing credits - thus retaining the spelling used in the original credits. You will see a warning that you are combining two names, but since that is the intent, check the box to ignore the warning (see more under 'Merging a Name' below).

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Thomas Ely Sage

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When I go to name correction or merge I get: This correction has been rejected. You need to correct this correction before it will be accepted.
  • This correction has no effect.
    The corrected name is identical to the original name and has been rejected as a result.
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While you cannot change the credits already listed under Ben, I think you _can_ change how the page displays the name at the top of the page. Here's an edit that is ready to be contributed, although I don't know if it would be accepted:

You might want to quote some of this in your explanation:
Primary name

General Rule: The primary name for a person in IMDb is the one by which they are most often credited.

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  • We make an exception to the rule if we have reason to believe someone will be using a different name for all future credits. For example, if they changed their name because of marriage or have registered a new professional name with the relevant guild.
  • Such changes are made only for people with active careers. In the past, we required at least one onscreen credit with the new name; while that is still preferable, it is no longer a strict requirement.

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I will give that a shot. Thank you.