Preferred First Name


Students may use a Preferred First Name while studying at McGill.

Your preferred first name is the name by which you are normally addressed, and can be different than your legal first name.

Since 2009, students at McGill have been able to use their preferred first name for certain purposes while studying at McGill.  For more information on using your preferred first name, please visit McGill's Student Records website.

Please note that the preferred first name procedure will not change your name on all McGill internal documents. Some students may wish to request additional accommodations in order to use their preferred first name more broadly.  Please see the Preferred First Name FAQ for details.


McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

Click here for more information on land acknowledgements.


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