The Return Of Last Names

First batch of last names

On Monday 13th April Linden Lab officially announced the return of last names for the Second Life community. It’s now effective as a new option for only Second Life Premium Members. You can now change either your first, last or both names. 

Please note that “display names” are still available at no charge to everyone.

Log into your Second Life account online to check them out. It will cost you $39.99 and a Premium subscription. It does seem expensive but maybe the lab may lower the cost at a later point. The list of names will be refreshed on a regular basis.

In order to ensure your name changes proceed smoothly, please make sure you are logged out of the viewer before changing your name. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for your new name to show across all services in Second Life.  

For all new residents joining Second Life they will not be able to change names until they upgrade to premium. It will still remain and show “Resident” as default.


Given the ongoing interest in “last names” among our community,  we’ve reinstated “last names” effective today as a new option for Second Life Premium Members. If you have a Premium account, you will be able to visit to change your first, last or both names. In the true spirit of the original “last names” option last seen in 2010, participating Residents will once again be able to choose from a rotating list of available last names. Some names may only be available for a limited time, so if you see one you like then you might want to claim it quickly!

Already changed your name and want to go back to one of your old names?  You can do that too!  After you have changed your name once, you will see a list of your previous names below the list of available last names.

What do you think of the return of last names ?