Is it possible to change last name of Profile

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I have a connection to my family branch and one parents is listed as Hodges instead of Hodge.  Is it possible to change this last name or do we have to create the Hodge and then merge.... There are also two of the same Hester Hodges that also need to be merged.

[[Hodges-4842]]  and [[Hodges-4843]]

1880 Census and 1900 Census has Hester as a hodge... so does her Marriage certificate....

The creator of the 2 Hodges is my cousin and she was going off a family written source, which has some typos or just what she called them when she was little.
WikiTree profile: Hester Hodge
in WikiTree Help by Robert Foster G2G2 (2.6k points)

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+11 votes
Best answer
Robert, it is not only possible to change the last name, that is the prescribed way to correct a last name on WikiTree.  We don't want to create duplicates - when we discover that they have been accidentally created then we have to merge them, but it is much better to avoid having to do that whenever possible.

The LNAB (Last Name At Birth) can only be changed by a profile manager.  You can ask your cousin to add you as a manager (a profile can have more than one manager) and then on the edit page you will see a link next to the LNAB to change it.  You could also ask your cousin to change it.

For the duplicate Hester Hodges profiles, if you scroll to the bottom on one of them, you will see a link you can click to propose a merge.  If the correct name is Hodge, then you can change the name on one of them first, then propose the merge, making sure that the correct LNAB will be the resulting profile.
by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (908k points)
selected by Shaun Doust

The LNAB (Last Name At Birth) can only be changed by a profile manager.

And by anyone on the Trusted List, as well.

+6 votes
Well said Gaile, there is not much more that can be added.

Good luck Robert, don't hesitate to ask again if you don't come right.
by Shaun Doust G2G6 Pilot (345k points)

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