How to Find Someone on Facebook With Only First Name

  • By Muhid Suleman

    Muhid Suleman

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    Muhid Suleman, An expert writer from Pureprivacy's content team, Dedicate to make data privacy simple and accessible for you. Muhid, Our Content Wizard, weaves tales about online privacy using simple and user friendly procedures. He firmly believes that online privacy is your right and a big deal in the digital jungle.

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  • 20 May 2024
  • 6 mins read

Ever bumped into someone from your past and completely forgotten their full name by the time you got home? 

Don't worry! 

With a little research, you can find the identity of that unknown individual by using only their first name on Facebook. 

This guide is about the steps of searching for someone with their first name only.

If all you know about a person is their first name, you can still find them using Facebook's advanced search feature. By adding more filters, you may further refine your search and obtain even more relevant results.

On Desktop Computers

Use your desktop or PC to perform an advanced Facebook search by following these steps:

Step 1: Open Facebook using your preferred web browser.

Step 2: Select the search field located in the upper left corner.

Select the search field located in the upper left corner

Step 3: After typing the person's name, press "Enter" to search for them.

After typing the person's name, press "Enter" to search for them

Step 4: From the menu on the left, choose "People."

Step 5: It will provide more filters in this area so that you can refine your search even more. The following filters are available: City, Work, Education, and Friends of Friends.

It will provide more filters in this area so that you can refine your search even more

On Mobile Phones

This advanced search is also available on the Facebook mobile app. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Facebook app on your smartphone.

Step 2: In the upper right corner, tap the search symbol.

In the upper right corner, tap the search symbol

Step 3: After entering the person's first name, click the "Search" button to locate them.

After entering the person's first name, click the "Search" button to locate them

Step 4: Press the "People" tab located at the top.

Step 5: Tap the filter icon next to the search bar to refine your search result.

To obtain the best results, select any filter from the further options.

Tap the filter icon next to the search bar to refine your search result

Facebook's advanced search raises privacy issues even if it might be a useful tool to reconnect with someone you just know by first name. This information can be used to build a comprehensive picture, raising your risk of identity theft and targeted advertising. 

It may also combine with other information you post online. To tackle these dangers, PurePrivacy provides an effective solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How can I find someone with only their first name?

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    Searching for someone on social media by their first name is one of the simplest methods to locate them. You may accomplish this on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by simply typing someone's initial name into the search field.

  • What happens if you are unable to find someone on Facebook?

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    Request that one of your friends check the privacy setting. You might have blocked someone if they are unable to locate you through a Facebook search. You will not be found in search results by someone you block.

  • Do people find out if I search them up on Facebook?

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    Facebook searches are confidential. Nobody will know if you check someone else's profile or if they check yours. Facebook states quite clearly that users are unable to see who has visited their personal homepage. Additionally, third-party apps are unable to offer this functionality.

  • Are my searches available to see anyone on Facebook?

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    No, they are not. You can't see who views your profile, and any app that says different is trying to trick you. Report those apps if you see them.

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Do Your Search with Safety!

Finding someone on Facebook by their first name alone can be difficult, but it's not impossible. 

You can improve your chances of finding the person you're looking for by strategically using Facebook's search features and filters and possibly leveraging your current social connections. 

Recall that it's crucial to keep your privacy settings and proceed with safety at all times.