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Real name is a term used to describe a name which is considered to represent a person's true identity.
The term is problematic because it can be used to mean many different things:
- The name that appears on your Government-issued ID (aka Wallet name)
- A name that is similar to the one on your Government-issued ID, but may include slight variations ("Jen" for "Jennifer", etc.) Note that the use of nicknames may not be perceived as appropriate if the names/nicknames are not WASP names.
- The name that most people know you by, regardless of its resemblance to your Wallet name. This is also, sometimes, called Common name.
- The name that you call yourself, whether other people call you it or not.
It's often a bad idea to use the term "Real name" because people will conflate these different meanings.