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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.

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


Combine Columns or Rows

With Kutools for Excel's Combine Columns and Rows utility, you can quickly combine multuple cells based on row/column and separated by comma or space, or combine a range of cells into a single cell with specific separator.
For instance, here I do thses operations: (1.)Select Select Combine columns under To combine selected cells according to following options; (2.)Specify a separator for the combined data, here I select Space; (3.))Specify the cell you want to place your combined result; (4.)Specify how you want to deal with the combined cells.
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arrow blue right bubble Combine the first and last names with functions


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

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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.


arrow blue right bubble Combine the first and last names with Kutools for Excel

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

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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Click to know more about this Combine feature.


arrow blue right bubble Split first name and last name into two cells with Kutools for Excel

But in some case, when you have a single column with first name and last name in each cell, maybe now you want to split them to two cells, one includes first name, and another includes last name as below screenshot shown:

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In this case, you can use Kutools for Excel’s Split Names utility to quickly split names into cells.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 120 handy Excel functions, enhance your working efficiency and save your working time.

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

1. Select the column of names, and click Kutools > Text > Split Names. See screenshot:

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2. In the popping dialog, check the options as you need, if there are some middle names in your list, you can check the Middle name option, too. See screenshot:

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3. Click Ok and select a single cell to put the result.

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4. Click OK. Now the selected names have been split into two columns and one column with first name and another with last name separately.

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