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How to extract middle name only from full name in Excel?

As we know, many people have middle names, and in general, we do not use their middle names usually. Now, you have a list of full names in Excel, and all of them have middle names, and you want to extract the middle names only.

Extract middle name with formula in Excel

Extract middle name with Text to Columns in Excel

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Extract middle name with Kutools for Excel good idea3


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I find a formula that can extract the middle name only in Excel.

Select a blank cell next to the name list, and type this formula =IF(ISERR(FIND(" ",A1,1+FIND(" ",A1))),"",MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,FIND(" ",A1,1+FIND(" ",A1))-FIND(" ",A1)-1)) into it, and press Enter button then drag the auto fill handle to fill the range you need. Now the middle names are extracted only.


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Text to Columns function is very useful and powerful in Excel, here you can use it to extract middle names only from a list of full names.

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1. Select the list of names, and click Data > Text to Columns. See screenshot:
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2. Then in the Convert Text to Columns Wizard dialog, check Delimited and click Next button. See screenshot:

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3. Then check Space check box only in the Delimiters section, and click Finish. See screenshot:

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4. Then you can see the list of full name are split into multiple columns.

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Note: This method will change the original list of names, you had better copy and save it before.

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With Kutools for Excel's Split Names utility, you can only extract first name, middle name or last name from a name list, also you can extract first name and middle name, first name and last name, middle name and last name only as you need.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. select the list of names, and then click Kutools > Text > Split Names. See screenshot:
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2. In the Split Names dialog, check Middle name option only. See screenshot:
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3. Click Ok. Then a dialog pops out for you to select a location to put the extracted result.
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4. Click OK. Then only the middle names of each name are extracted.
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If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you may find there is an Extract Text feature that also can extract middle name only in Excel.

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the name list and click Kutools > Text Tools > Extract Text. See screenshot:
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2. In the pop-up dialog, type a space + * + a space into the Add text box, and then click Add to add it to the Extract list. See screenshot:

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3. Then click Ok, and select a cell to put out the extracting result. See screenshot:

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4. Click OK. See the middle names are extracted.

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