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Test Subject
Original Poster
#1 Old 5th Sep 2020 at 5:30 PM
Default Renaming a family/household in the Sims 1
So, it's been a long time I was trying to find a way to change the family name of a Sim. I couldn't find any answers on Google, neither MTS, so I think it may be a good idea if I post a thread about it, just in case someone else wants to know how to do it.


I've figured out you can change a household name with the IFF Pencil 2 software. You just need to edit the following two files in your neighbourhood fold (UserData for the first neighbourhood for instance) :

The family file located in the Export folder (It should look like this : "FamilyName_NumberAttachedToTheFamily.FAM", so, for exemple, "Jones_16.FAM")

● Rename this file with the new family name without changing the number.

● Using IFF Pencil 2 to open this file, pick the "CTSS" ressources on the left column and double-click the entry that contains the family name in the right column (Seems it's the "#1000" entry). In the "Strings" box select the USEnglish language and edit the family name. Press OK to complete. Save the file

● Using IFF Pencil 2 to open this file, pick the "FAMs" ressources on the left column and double-click the entry that contains the family name in the right column. In the "Strings" box select your game language and edit the family name. Press OK to complete. Save the file

Neighborhood.iff

● Using IFF Pencil 2 to open this file, pick the "FAMs" ressources on the left column and double-click the number of your family in the right column. In the "Strings" box select your game language and edit the family name. Press OK to complete. Save the file



I didn't find any other reference to a family name in a any other files (including characters files), neither in any other ressources in the said files (including HEX).
It looks to work great in game. Haven't experienced any bugs from now on and I think its a good choice if you don't want to delete and recreate a wealthy legit family or a family with a lot of friends.
And don't forget to backup your entire neighbourhood before editing these files.



However, I've made this post, not to post a tutorial, but to ask if any possible corruption could come out of this. Is there any missing references that need to be edited?

Anyway, I hope no one has already posted something about it in the first place. Don't want to state the obvious here.
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 9th Sep 2020 at 8:14 PM
This is actually pretty interesting. I, at least, have never seen any program or utility to change surnames in The Sims; I'll try this methode whenever I can and post my results. It's preaty freaky the original sims hasn't really been modded as extensively as 2 and 3; it's the one with the strongest foundation!
Test Subject
Original Poster
#3 Old 13th Sep 2020 at 6:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ed95
This is actually pretty interesting. I, at least, have never seen any program or utility to change surnames in The Sims; I'll try this methode whenever I can and post my results. It's preaty freaky the original sims hasn't really been modded as extensively as 2 and 3; it's the one with the strongest foundation!


Glad you appreciate it! Do not hesitate to post your results (positive or negative!) after using this method. If any corruption or crashes to desktop (CTD) happen after editing the surnames please do report it.
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 16th Sep 2020 at 3:07 PM
Andd done! Thanks to this methode, I've been able to change the surname of my sim, Richard De Metz, to Richard Duprée. No problems so far whatsoever! I can see how this way can be useful in several saved games!

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Test Subject
Original Poster
#5 Old 16th Sep 2020 at 9:49 PM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing your results! And now, enjoy!
Do not hesitate to come back here if things start going south (even the slightest weird behavior)! I still don't have any problem on my side.
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