Canvas, and many other systems on campus, uses your name in use (previously called preferred name). This is set in MyUW.
All NetID holders may designate a name in use, which is used by most university systems.
Using a name in use is entirely optional. However, if you designate a name in use in My UW, that is the name will appear in Canvas. If you don't designate a name in use, your legal name will appear in Canvas.
To enter or change a name in use, see MyUW Madison - Update Name in Use (Preferred Name) .
Canvas users are unable to change their display name from directly within Canvas. Instead, if you wish to change your display name, you'll need to access My UW and modify your personal information.