Will changing a list or library name affect other lists that use it as a reference/lookup column? Or will they automatically be pointed to the updated name?

I am working on renaming a couple lists and libraries but I am worried that I will lose all my lookup data if I decide to rename to source lists/libraries.

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Changing list name will not affect any lists using lookup from this list. It will be automatically handled by SharePoint.

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Connections on lookup columns will not be affected.

The list name under “Get information from:” will be automatically updated to the new list name, no data would be lost.

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