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How to flip the first and last name in cells in Excel?

Let's say you get a roster of names in one column, however, you need to flip the first name and last name in cells. Normally you will get into one cell and cut the last name, and then paste it before the first name, or retype the name again. It will be time-consuming and tedious if you use these traditional methods. Actually, there are several easy ways to flip or reverse the first name and last name in a single column quickly.

Flip the first and last name in a column with a function

Flip the first and last name in a column with VBA

Flip the first and last name in a column with Kutools for Excel


Supposing you have a column of names, and you need to flip the first and last name as below screenshot shown:

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Flip the first and last name in a column with a function


We can use one of Excel's formulas to flip the first and last name quickly in a column with following steps:

 Enter the formula =MID(A2&" "&A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1,LEN(A2)) in a blank cell, says Cell C2. And then drag the fill handle down to the cells to apply this formula, then you can see all first and last names have been revered. See screenshot:

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Flip the first and last name in a column with VBA

You can also use VBA macros to flip the first and last name in a column quickly.

1. Hold down the Alt + F11 keys in Excel, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2.  Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module window.

Sub FlipName()
'Updateby20131126
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Sign As String
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Sign = Application.InputBox("Symbol interval", xTitleId, " ", Type:=2)
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    xValue = Rng.Value
    NameList = VBA.Split(xValue, Sign)
    If UBound(NameList) = 1 Then
        Rng.Value = NameList(1) + Sign + NameList(0)
    End If
Next
End Sub

3.  Press the F5 key to run this macro. In the popping up KutoolsforExcel dialog box, select the range to flip, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

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4.  In the following popping up dialog box, please enter an interval symbol (such as a space), and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

doc flip first last names 4

5. Now the first name and last name in selected range are flipped. See screenshot:

doc flip first last names 5


Flip the first and last name in a column with Kutools for Excel

With Kutools for Excel’s Reverse Text Order, you can quickly reverse order of the text in the cells.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do as following steps:

1.  Select the range that you want to reverse the first and last names.

2.  Click Kutools > Text > Reverse Text Order, see screenshot:

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3.  In the Reverse Text dialog box, specify a separator your selected text string using, (in this case, I select Space option) and then click the OK button. And all the first names and last names in the selected range have been reversed. See screenshot:

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Note: Checking Skip non-text cells to prevent you reversing the numbers in selected range.

If you want to know more about this feature, please click Reverse Text Order.

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    Ted · 1 months ago
    What if there is a comma separating the 2 names? Is there a way to eliminate it? Now the names look like

    Arthur Lange,

    Eric Norris,

    etc etc

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      Kody · 4 days ago
      Have you tried Ctrl+F, Select Replace, Find "," and leave replace with blank.
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      Kaity · 1 months ago
      I want to know this too!
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    Danny · 9 months ago
    Correction. What if i have four names? What's the formula?
    Last name - first name - middle1 - middle2
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    Danny · 9 months ago
    If you have middle name how do you flip the last name? Example below.
    Last name - first name - middle name
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      Arev · 9 days ago
      Instead of +1, change the plus factor to two numbers greater than the middle name. This has worked for me.

      Arev
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    Mary · 1 years ago
    THANKS!!!!! This formula just saved me a bunch of time. I am sure I will use it again and again.
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    Jam Smith · 1 years ago
    Please help I need a formula to flip Alexa Victoria G. Garcia to Garcia, Alexa Victoria G.

    Please help :) Thank you