Find Someone on Facebook Without Even Knowing Their Name

Find Someone on Facebook Without Even Knowing Their Name

It’s true. You can actually find someone on Facebook without even knowing their name. In fact, I found someone on Facebook just a few weeks ago, knowing only some information about their past.

If the person you are looking for has put restrictions on their public Facebook information, you might be out of luck.

The trick here is that it all depends on the privacy settings that the user sets up in their “About” section. In some cases, the information contained in the “About” section is public, such as a phone number, previous employers, college/university or high school.

All this works using Facebook’s search bar at the top of the screen. You can also use Facebook’s advanced search, but it’s not necessary.

This is far from foolproof. Facebook has so many different privacy settings that it’s impossible to go through every scenario of when this works and when it does not, but here are some things you can try:


Maybe you are getting random emails from someone. Or you just want to see if the person you are emailing has a Facebook account. Did you know that you can type an email address in the search bar and Facebook will link you to the Facebook profile associated with that email? You can.

Phone Number

Similar to their email address, some people include their phone number in their “About” section.  Just enter the number and, voila, you find the person. (In my experience, you can enter the number with or without the dashes.) So the next time you get some random phone calls or texts from an unknown person, this may be a good place to start.


This is a little more challenging. If you know some characteristics about the person (i.e., what school they went to, where they live) you can type them into Facebook’s search box. Obviously, if you type in Starbucks and New York City, you are going to be in for a long day.

My suggestion is to type in two unique characteristics. For example, if you know the person grew up in Tivoli, New York, and went to the University of Amsterdam, you just might be able to find them.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t work all of the time. In fact, it probably doesn’t work most of the time.

If you only know a first name and some small details about the girl you met last night, you might want to read our previous post.

So there you have it. It’s hard to believe, but you can find someone on Facebook, without even knowing their name. So the next time you you have a hazy recollection the night after … well, you can just use your imagination.

(Did you know that you can even find the Boogie Man on Facebook?)

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  1. Colene Copeland says

    Male model in Country Living Magazine July/Aug 2014. He’s in a Ralph Lauren paint ad. I have a photograph.
    Ralph Lauren and Country Living will not identify him for me.

  2. Melissa says

    I was on the street and a guy about 15ish haf a pet rat and I love animals! So he gave me the little guy and his hat for a photo aND had a rock band shirt so we liked the same music and he told me his facebook name before he left but I only understood his last name and not his first.. uGH

  3. Maria says

    I work at a local convenient store, and I had a costumer; I believe he is around my age (19). One night as I was ringing him up we started talking about our day and after that he started to come in everyday just to see me till he worked up the nerve to ask me for my number. I have no idea why but I didn’t give it to him (I guess I was nervous and scared), it’s been weeks and he hasn’t been back maybe he’s embarrassed because I rejected him. I want to find him but all I really know is that his name is Joey (probably short for another name). I’m pretty sure he lives in that same city or maybe a city over. I try searching him on Facebook but I can’t find him. Will it be possible to find him with what I know?

  4. Georgia says

    I was on holiday in Fuerteventura and there was a boy at the same hotel (castillo sa jorge de antigua) and i liked him and i think he liked me back, we were on the same plane back but i never got a chance to talk to him or get his number, all i know is he is around 15 and has a brother.

  5. rory says

    Me and a friend went pool crawling In surfers paradise Australia and met a group of 3 girls n 1 guy from I’m not sure where they said bristol Or dent England they had been to the clubs earlier vanity and others how could I find them I was to chicken to ask for a phone number

    • Aisha says

      On 30 August 2015 I was on a plane going to London from Washington so there is this boy next to on the plane I actually liked the boy the first time I layed eye on him and I guess he also fell something for me o know it’s kinda crazy, but when we took off the plane I didn’t enter same bus with him cause the bus was full so I went with the second bus I didn’t have any idea of his name I have searched Instagram for pictures but I didn’t get his( I hit tired) so please if you can help me find this boy….

  6. Emmanuel says

    So I met this girl at Alberta holiday park in Kent and I really want to get to know her. We had fun in the pool all day together on an occasion. Problem was I never really asked her name. She knows mine and says it in a really cute English accent. All I know about her is that she lives in Maidstone, Kent, goes to Invicta grammar school, her younger brother is 10 and named Cameron (I asked his name) and she is 13. She said I should give her my number but accidentally gave her a taxi service number (I have that saved in my brain in case I need one or I’m avoiding someone). I have a selfie of us in the pool and a picture of her. If you are able to reply ill send you that.
    Thanks in advance.

    • michael says

      Brian, I’m not sure if you can help me or not but i met a girl on august 25 2015. We were on a flight togetther to las vegas. she was going to celebrate her siysters 21st birthday. i never got her name but i do know shes from a small town in british columbia nelson or kootenay. she has a small chiuhuaua named max and a friend told me he thinks her sisters name is kelsey. I’ve tried everything i could think of to find her please help me

  7. Sasha says

    Well this past week I was in Tampa Florida and on my last day there I met this amazing guy . He’s super sweet and really cute in my opinion but I don’t know much about him . And when I wanted to ask him for his number it was too late he went back to the hotel. All I know is that his name is Mitchell and he’s 13 years old . Oh and also I know that he has 2 younger brothers , 9 year old named Luke and a 10-11 year old jackson . I’d love it if you could possibly help me find him .

  8. Jack says

    I’m really trying to find this girl, I was looking in here to get some tips but my senario is different, I haven’t seen her she’s in a commercial but I’m now madly liking her and want to find her name, I’ve even emailed the company but the can’t tell me her name. Please reply in desperate

  9. Ru says

    Hi I saw this girl in Menorca and she went to the hotel la caleta

    We made crazy eye contact and I really want to find out who she is. I know she is called Emily and she has a younger sister called Holly. They live in the east midlands in the UK. She is 13-16 and has light brown hair. Can anyone help?

    • Ru says

      I would really appreciate a reply, I’m from the East Midlands too so hopefully finding her wont be too hard


  10. Rahul says

    I’m from India, I traveled to Goa (India) in april – 2013.
    I met a Russian girl there on a beach, we spent some time. I didn’t ask her name. I can’t forget her face, I still remember.
    I know just two things –
    1. She was Russian.
    2. She was in Goa in the month of April 2013.
    I know she will be too much happy if I contact her.
    Please help, thanks.

  11. Huuk says

    I was thinking that could someone help me with this. I was in Bulgaria this week and met this girl at the hotel grand Victoria and we didin’t talk or anything we just had an pretty long eye contact and i know that she lives in sweden or denmark and i know how she looks and what her family looks and i know when she left the hotel. She is propably in between 13-15. Please help

  12. Jamie Damboise says

    Hi, I am searching for my long lost friend, Annette, and I think her maiden name is Garibaldi (or something like this). She and I used to work together at Twinlabs in Ronkonkoma, NY in the late 80’s – early 90s (?). If I’m not mistaken she is originally from Centereach, Selden, Ronkonkoma, Holbrook, NY area, but don’t know if she is still there.

    Annette was one of my very dearest friends and I have thought of her often, and miss her, and as the years pass (almost 30 has passed already), I miss her more. I know she got married long ago, probably has children, but unfortunately, that is all I know. Could anyone help me locate her?

    • says

      Your son is under no obligation to cooperate until he is issued some court order. However, I will say that if your son does have some information or evidence that could support either side of the case, personally, I would have some moral obligation to provide it. And if he does not have any information, I would tell the investigator so that they would stop calling.

  13. Jack says

    I met a girl in Menorca last week, we never spoke but I could tell we had a connection as soon as we clapped eyes on eachother. She is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen! But as all we did was exchange looks all week I never got the chance to ask her name. This is bothering me as I think I love her and I want to tell her how I feel but I have no way in doing so. All I know is that she is staying in the Las Palmeras, S’Algar Apartments and that she’s aged between 14-16. I really regret not talking to her as I’m afraid I’ll never get the chance to tell her how I feel

  14. CallMeJesse says

    Soo, I met a girl in Turkey this Monday. This was my last day of my holiday there, and I quite liked her the moment I saw her. Later that day I realised she liked me too. I didn’t ask anything about her, and I REALLY regret it. I’ve been searching for two days now, and I collected some information already.

    The info I got:
    -She is French or Walloon
    -Around the age of 14-15
    -She is staying at Ephesia Holiday Beach Resort
    -I know how she looks, I even have some pictures
    -I know what her family looks like.

    Someone that I found in the ‘people you might know’ section of facebook looks like her, but eyes don’t match the color.

    Do I have a chance of finding her?
    If so, how hard will it be?

    Please help me, I really regret my choices…

  15. J_Lynn says

    Hey I have been trying to find someone for some time now I don’t know his name but the experience happened at work back in 2012 I went to corporate the next day but they wanted to file sexual harassment charges they called my boss and that next day he sat down to talk to me they were going to take away his gym membership because they thought it was sexual harassment so I had to come clean and tell them that he told me to have a goodnight on 12.9.12 it wasn’t what he said it was how he said that I felt fireworks go off in my soul I felt this sensation of tingles to the core of being I froze I wanted to run after him but he was with someone and the energy from his voice I couldn’t move I wrote the owner of the company too seeing if he could help me find him but no response back I made a facebook page trying to find him and wrote a few ads on craigslist but only got ass holes I wanted to hire a private investigator but $$$ I haven’t stop thinking about him since that night and no I have health problems and I fear I may never know him because of it…can anyone help me on here?

  16. Edwin says

    Hello! This is a strange situation, but about two years ago I met a girl when I was in high school, we rode the school bus together and she actually lived in a childrens home. She had this crush on me and one day she got on and sat by me. After a few minutes of sitting awkwardly together she came out and said the reason for sitting by me was because she thought I was cute and wanted me to be her boyfriend. I also had similar feelings toward her and in turn said yes. A week went by while we were dating, and one day she just vanished. I didnt know a lot about her, in fact I dont remember her last name, but her first name was Ariana and the childrens home she lived in was Catholic Family Services Youth. I know the address and everything. Just not her last name. I had strong feelings for her in the short time I knew her and would like to know what happened to her. Please sir, is there anything you can do to help me find her. If you want, you can reach me Via Email. Thank you.

    • CallMeJesse says

      You may contact the childrens home, they’ve probably got a database of the children that are/were there. If they cannot provide any assistance you may try to search by looks and name.

      In the end, the childrens home would probably be your best bet, since they might’ve still got information about her.

  17. says

    I am looking for a lost friend. I say lost because I lost touch with her after I left for Marine Boot Camp. I believe her name is Chelesy Ramiez She used to live at 1703 Maplewood Ave, Flint MI 48506 with her mom. I really want to get into contact with her…..Can you help me out!!!

  18. deedee says

    i met a guy at a hotel who asked for my number but i was to shy so i went back inside my hotel room i heard him outside telling my sister he wants my number I didnt know what to do so i pretended as if i were asleep then i realized i could give him my number later to find out he was already gone i was wondering if i can find him on facebook this is what i know about him: he is 15 he lives in oklahoma i dont know which part and i know how he looks in person is there any way i can find him with so little info or should i just l forget about him?

    • camila says

      literally the same thing happened to me last night. exact same. except he’s austin, tx and 16. helpppp. have you gotten any luck finding your hotel guy??? if you have, PLEASE tell me how!!!

  19. CU Buffalo says

    I met a girl last week at the “Tavern Downtown” in Denver. It’s on 20th and Market. She is a bartender there and through conversation I know that she is from Wisconsin and has lived in Denver for 3 “ish” months. I talked to her for about 3 hours and never actually asked for her name. (Like an idiot).

    Been trying on facebook to find her but can’t.

  20. Celeste says

    hey! So I met this awesome guy at the end of a Lana deal Rey concert who completely took care of me while I was super drunk. He left a video on my phone and I just found it and I would like to thank him. All I know is that his name is Sean and he lives in north California… Is there any way to find him?

  21. B says

    There is a guy named Jonathan who is a chef at the residence inn by marriot at kci in kansas city. Is there anyway to get a last name?

  22. says

    I would like to trace the guy that was on the plane with me just to say thanks for letting me basically hog all three seats in between us. I was very tired and did not talk to him…so if you see this -thanks a million.
    I also like sudoku. :)

    • Kaylam says

      Hi , I know this is a long shot but I met a guy in Ayai Napa , Cyprus outside a club , I got his first name which is Owen and he’s from\ lives in Manchester ( but can’t remember his last name i believe it was Irish ).I’ve been trying to find him on Facebook but can’t seem to get far with my search , any help / advice would be greatly appreciated , thanks . Kaylam

  23. Simone rich says

    Hi was wondering if you could help me I’m looking for a guy Dereck can’t remember his surname he lived in wetherby I no his surname just can I hell remember it can you help in anyway he’s aged between 38 and 46

  24. says

    I had someone to lie about there identity,this guy who I thought was the guy in the pictures he sent me was lying,I need help finding the real guy in the picture,so he can know the other guy is using his pictures

  25. Richard says

    Hello there! I just want to find out is it possible to find a person, if i know only First name, age, where she’s from, what hotel she stayed and where went?

    • MM says

      I have the same question! I know first name, former spouse’s name, hotel name and date stayed, current & former city & town, and general info on work history.

  26. Natosha says

    I meet this guy at work age 22 from Harlan ky. He played football in high-school and we really hit it off the last while but he hasn’t been to work the last few days I’m afraid he quit before we could exchange numbers due to my phone bein off. You think there’s anythin that could be done?

  27. Jacob Helton says

    How do you find someone by only knowing their last name and the county they live in? Or is it possible?

      • hada5 says

        hi was wondering if you knew anything I could do…sounds like I have pretty much the same problem everyone else does I have a first name former job former two cities lived mother still stays there and relatives…however cannot pinpoint a last name but eye color age height but wondering if you had any ideas,

  28. Rachel says

    I met this guy at Knotts Berry Farm in June 2014, and I’m trying to figure out who he is. I know he lives or lived in Oregon in a city or town with around 20,000 people and that he plays or played lacrosse. I also know that he comes down to Newport CA area every few months but I have no clue why. Is there anyway that I can find him? I think he’s between the ages of 18-20ish.

      • Tatyana says

        I think it would be possible to find him it would just take some work. What I would do if I REALLY wanted to find him, run little google search, loom up the population of city or town called Oregon since you don’t know if it’s city or town, look up population, he told you its around 20,000 people so it’s probably a town but check, that I would look up once you have found towns with that similar populations i would probably look up lacrosse teams in that area. If he’s between the ages 18 and 20 he can no longer belong to a high school team unless he coaches, but if he plays, if both that might be better, then he might coach on one team and play on another in that case I would look would look up rosters of schools probably middle school or like little league for coaching because like you said he would be 18 -20 that would be to young to coach above middle school. Don’t just look up public schools look up charters and private schools must school have staff members as public record or should, if he doesn’t coach look up collages and area provost teams. Most provost teams and colleges teams renege between the age of 18, and maybe up to 33 for provost teams and 18 to 25 colleges which almost 100% of the time have some kind of teak website that markets the team and it’s game schedule along with a roster which will mostly likely at lest have there player number first and last name. You can either just do a name search on face book of on Google. And you will find that person, unless he is so a police officer because they are urged not to have Facebook because it is so easy to find someone and that’s not safe for the officer at lest the ones I know are, or some kinds of military are the same. After all that if you still want to find him do a photo search that would give you some info

  29. says

    I met someone at a Weezer concert at Rockfest 2014 and we were mesmerized by each other. I didn’t get a name or anything. Just the way he looks. I was wondering if there was anything I could do to find him this way?

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