If your iPhone or iPad is displaying contact names differently than what you want, like last name before the first name (or vice versa,) you can fix it. This will change how names appear in Mail, Messages, Phone, Contacts, and other apps that follow this setting.
This is for iPhone and iPad
First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:
Next, scroll down to the Contacts option and tap it. See below image:
Now, in the Contacts settings, tap Display Order. See following image:
In Display Order you have two choices. Choose whichever one you prefer. Refer to below image:
The Short Name feature in the Contacts settings also determines how you will see names in apps such as Mail. With Short Name enabled, the app may display only a first name instead of the full name order you just set. See below image:
By default, Short Name is enabled. If you would like to see a full name with the order you just chose instead, tap the switch to turn Short Name off. See following image:
Now, tap Back once, then exit Settings.
The next time you use an app that pulls information from your contacts (like Apple’s Mail app), you will see the names in the order you just set. If you do not see the changes reflected yet, you might need to exit the application first so it can reload the settings. Then, tap the app icon to launch it again.
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