How to quickly combine the first and last names in one cell in Excel?

Says you have a name roster with listing first names and last names separately in two columns, now you want to create a full name list by combining the two columns. This article is going to show you some quick tricks to combine the first and last names in Excel.

Combine the first and last names with functions

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Supposing you have a name roster as the left screenshot shows, and you need to get a full name roster as right screenshot shows:

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Hint


There are two functions that can combine the first and last names into one cell quickly.

1. =Concatenate(A2, " ",B2)

Step 1: In a blank cell, such as C2, enter the formulas of =Concatenate(A2, " ",B2), see screenshot:

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Step 2: Press Enter key and click the Cell C2, then drag the fill handle to copy the formulas across the range that you want to fill. Then you will get a single full name column with combining the first name column and last name column.

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2. =A2&" "&B2

You can use the formulas of =A2&" "&B2 with the same steps as above to get a full name roster by combining first name column and last name column.


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With the Kutools for Excel's Combine tool, you can quickly combine content from multiple columns (or rows) into one column (or row) without losing original data.

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Step 1: Select the range you will work with.

Step 2: Click  Kutools > Combine, see screenshot:

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Step 3: In Combine Columns & Rows dialog box, specify the settings as following:

  • Check the Based on row option in Merge Selected cells section;
  • Check the Space option in Specify a separator section;
  • Specify the Options of the combined result you need, you can keep the contents, delete the contents or merge the contents of the combined cells.

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Step 4: Then click OK or Apply, you will get the full name roster in the original first name column, as follows screenshot shows:

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