In a lengthy post today on Google+, Bradley Horowitz unveiled another tweak to Google’s name policy — nicknames are now allowed, as long as they’re with your full name. In other words, you still can’t (yet) become anonymous, but it’s easier to share your unique online nicknames with other Google+ users.
Over the next week, we’ll be adding support for alternate names – be they nicknames, maiden names, or names in another script – alongside your common name. This name will show up on your Google+ profile and in the hovercards which appear over your name. In the next few weeks, we’ll be displaying it more broadly as part of your name in other areas of Google+ as well. So if you’re Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jane Doe (Smith), or Saurabh Sharma (सौरभ शर्मा), you can now communicate your identity the way you want to.
To add an alternate name, go to your Google+ profile, click Edit Profile, select your name and click on “More options.” (See attached photos)
It’s important to remember that when you change your name in Google+, you’re changing it across all services that require a Google Profile.
This will be rolling out over the next few days. They still need a way to support people that wish to remain anonymous online, but this seems like a step in the right direction.