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Freelancer has no Second or Last Name


If the Freelancer have no Second or Last name then how to register on Odesk as Odesk doesnot permit that the Last name field should left blank.

My Name is Rabia and having no last name, so I registered on Odesk as Rabia Rabia so is it Ok and will I be able to get payment via Bank Account as my Bank account Title is Rabia,


Please help me with this issue wether it is Ok or not. If not Ok what is best possible solution for this to get the payment in Bank Account.


Looking forward

Community Guru

What do you mean that you have no last name? 


I've met people whose last name is the same as their first name (like Hesus Hesus and Medina Medina) but it doesn't mean they ain't got no last name. 


Anyway, to be able to withdraw money, your oDesk name should match your name at your bank account. It doesn't have to be completely identical, but should be nearly the same or an acceptable variation.




James Willoughby on bank account can be Jim Willoughby on oDesk as Jim is an acceptable nickname or alternate name for James in western countries.


My name on oDesk is Dianne M______ but my bank account carries my full name Dianne _____ _______ _______ _______ (my parents went name crazy) and yes, I can withdraw money no problem but I also have an oDesk verified identity so no biggie. Maybe you should ask support for a definite answer as well.

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Do you really have no surname or is it a personal preferance?


If you really don't, finding you on Facebook would be difficult!


That's unusual.

Same issue with my id as well. All of my Gov. issued Id's are only with first name and i am not able to get verification badge due to last name on my profile. and as you know we can't create a profile without a last name.


Community Guru
You have to have a last name. What does it say on your birth certificate?

They keep private their last name. Upwork has this option to keep last name hide. 

Community Guru

I'm a bit surprised at all the posters who simply assume or imply the OP is lying. Naming conventions are not universal.

Exactly. I can testify that there are regions where people have just one name. They also are never registered or have a birth certificate. They just get born and live. It´s like a wonder! Eventually they get a name by their parents who also have just one name. 

Hi Rabia, Same problem I am facing here. I too have no surname but only first name. Please help me what to do now. I am not able to add bank account now because it is registered with single name which is in all my documents such as passport, voter ID etc. Please tell me what to do now.

I am facing the same problem my account title consists of only single name but here i am bound to write last name too which i haven't shows this error help me please:(

Bank verification in progress
Due to our updated identity policy, at least one of your payment methods has been deactivated as the beneficiary name of the bank account does not match your name.
Please visit our FAQ page for additional information.


Hi Mariyam,


I checked your account and your name has been approved. You only needs to complete your W-8BEN form so you can use the bank account to withdraw funds.

~ Joanne

Hi Joanne Marie P ,

I am facing the same problem because I don't have any last name. I have tried to change my first name to Mr. and my only name as last name. Could you help me to solve this problem ?.

"Bank verification in progress

Due to our updated identity policy, at least one of your payment methods has been deactivated as the beneficiary name of the bank account does not match your name.
Please visit our FAQ page for additional information."


Hi Johan,


You can submit a name change request by going to Settings > Contact Info > Update your name, once you have updated your name the request will be submitted. 
I would also strongly suggest to change your image and upload a new one from your self. This type of images are not allowed, thank you.

~ Goran

I have no last in my saving bank account. can you please help me to save my payment method


Hi Poonam,


I've shared your concern with our team, and one of our team members will assist you directly via a support ticket. The email will be sent out shortly. Thank you!

~ Joanne
My name is Shivam Kumar on up work and I don't have a last name on ID card. My I'd is not verifying due to name. Please help me verify

Hi Shivam,


Thank you for sharing this with us. We have escalated your concern to the appropriate team and one of our representatives will reach out to you shortly. Let us know if you need anything else

~ Riri
Community Guru

Hi Anil,


In cases like yours we would suggest to use a formal salutation in the first name field (like Mr., Mrs, Ms.) and your name in the last name field. That would be unlikely to cause issues with adding your bank account. Let me know if you need anything else. 

~ Riri

I am also in the same situation, my name is only "Shobha" without any last name, I tried editing "MS." in my 1st name but it was denied by the Upwork team, how can I make this change? I replied to Upwork's "profile name change denied" email but didn't get any reply yet. Please help.

Hi Shobha,


One of our team members will reach out to you via ticket as soon as possible and assist you further with your name change request. Thank you.

~ Goran