Change How User Names are Displayed

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I'm trying to see if I can change how names are displayed on my view of Teams.  For example, could I prioritize last name instead of fist names (or tell teams what I want to pop up).


The reason I need to ask is because I am (through no fault of my own) contributing to the phenomenon of several people named Chris in my team, which creates a lot of confusion.  I previously worked in a team of two people, both of us named Chris.  Now the team I am trying to manage in Teams has 3 Chris's out of a team of 9 (plus a few more in the company that sometimes work with us).  When I get a message from "Christopher", I really need to know if I am talking to the sys admin or the developer (or maybe the analyst or SharePoint admin).  Last name would work, or I can set a name that helps.

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best response confirmed by ChrisAlvarezTeksouth (Regular Visitor)

Hi @ChrisAlvarezTeksouth,


if it is only in Teams Channels, you could use “Tagging” and create some awesome personal tags for every Chris (Like: SharepointChris, SysAdminChris ;)) in the Team. This can be done using the tagging feature in Teams. See more info here:


if it has to do with looking up for a Chris to start a new chat with there is no possibility, other than changing display name, to sort it by last-name. 
Someone already opened a user voice (back in 2019) but only got 44 votes. 

hope this info helped. 

Stay healthy and stay safe,

Mitchell Bakker  

The alternative to change Display Names is to do through Azure AD, not sure if the approach is going to be valid taking into account the scenario here