How to split full name to first and last name in Excel?

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Supposing you have a name roster as the first screen shot shows in single column below, and you need to split the full name to the first name column and last name column as the following screen shot shows. Here are some tricky methods to help you solve this problem:

Split full name to first and last name with functions

Split full name to first and last name with Text to Column command

Split full name to first and last name with Kutools for Excel quickly

Split full names to first and last names by comma or other delimiters


arrow blue right bubble   Split full names to first and last names by comma or other delimiters:

If your full names are separated by comma or other delimiters in cell,Kutools for Excel' Split Cells feature also can do you a favor, see screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Split full name to first and last name with functions


You can use the Left function, Right function and Find function to spit a full name to the first name and last name with following steps:

1. Enter the formula of =LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2,1)-1) in a blank cell, says Cell C2 in this case.

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2. Enter the formula of =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2,1)) in another blank cell, Cell D2.

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3. Select the range of C2:D15, and click the Home >> Fill >> Down. Now you will see the full name column is split to the first name and last name columns separatelly at once.

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arrow blue right bubble Split full name to first and last name with Text to Column command

It is not easy to remember the function. Please do not worry about it. The second way will guild you to split the full name column easily.

1. Select the column that you will split, in this case it is A1:A15.

2. Click the Text to Column button under Data Tab.

3. In the Convert Text to Columns Wizard – Step 1 of 3 dialog box, check the Delimited option, and click Next button.

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4. In the Step 2 of 3 wizard, only check the Space option in the Delimiters section, and click Next button.

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5. In the step 3 of 3, check the Text option in the Column data format section, and specify the Destination cell where you want to put the results. See screenshot:

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6. Click the Finish button. Then you will see the full name column has been separated into first name column and last name column at once.


arrow blue right bubble Split full name to first and last name with Kutools for Excel quickly and easily

If you are tired with the above two methods, here, I can recommend you a useful tool – Kutools for Excel, with its Split Names feature, you can quickly split the full names to first and last names, or split full names to first, middle and last names as you need.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the name range that you want to split.

2. Click Kutools > Text > Split Names, in the Split Names dialog box, specify the Split types you want, if you want to split the full name to first and last name, please check First name and Last name, see screenshots:

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3. Then click OK button, and another dialog will appear, please select a cell where you want to put the result in the dialog, see screenshot:

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4. And click OK button, the full names have been split into first name column and last name column, see screenshot:

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Note: If your full name contains first, middle and last names needed to be split into three columns separately, you just need to check First name, Middle name and Last name in the Split Names dialog box and you will get the following result:

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Click to know more about this Split Names feature.


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Comments  

Permalink +6 Kaushik
awesum ... did help alot ... thxxx
2013-11-28 03:59 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +6 mel
Life Saver!! Thanks for the Demo!!
2014-01-27 15:54 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +2 Josh
this only works if the people on your list don't have middle names! ahh so frustrating
2014-02-04 15:20 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +4 vinay sagar s.d
try this for names having first name, mid name, last name...

=LEFT(TRIM(MID( SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN(A1),1000)),1)-1)


where A1 is the cell in which the name is located....
2014-02-07 20:18 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -1 K R
Dear # vinay sagar s.d

Its not working out to split the name contains first name, mid name, last name.
Can u please help me to split the same for the below given names.
With space & without space.

My constraint for the another category is can we split the names my upper case.

E.g (1): William J Smith
E.g (2): WilliamJSmith
2014-02-17 04:50 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Manish Gupta
Hi,
I was trying to use your formula for the change of first, middle and last name in three different- different column of One complete name but I did not get correct answer of this questions, So please resolve this problem and sent me on my e-mail id.

(Note:- My e-mail id is "")
2014-04-08 12:55 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +4 vinay sagar
Dear #K R

i think writing formula for E.g(2)is imposible even for Mocrosoft people... however i can give you the formula for E.g(2).. go for it

(1).First name
=TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),1,LEN(A1)))

(2).Mid Name
=IFERROR(IFERROR(LEFT(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),1)- 1),RIGHT(A1,LEN (A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))),A1)

(2).Last name
=IFERROR(RIGHT(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1)),LEN(RI GHT(A1,LEN(A1)- FIND(" ",A1,1)))-FIND( " ",RIGHT(A1,LEN( A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1)),1)),IF ERROR(IFERROR(L EFT(TRIM(MID(SU BSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),1)- 1),RIGHT(A1,LEN (A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))),A1))

A1 is the cell address where your name is located....
Plz note that dont copy and past the above formula, because while copy and pasting it generates some "space" in-between formulas,,, thus it will throw error... so its better to type the above formula self as-it-is...
** Even this formulas are not working, kindly give your Email ID so that i can send the excel sheet with formula,, or mail me at
2014-02-24 04:49 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +3 hudson
are you the guy who developed excel? that formula is crazy man..!!
2014-08-08 07:22 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +4 Vinay Sagar
Dear #K R
(After correcting mistake in typing)

i think writing formula for E.g(2)is imposible even for Mocrosoft people... however i can give you the formula for E.g(1).. go for it

(1).First name
=TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),1,LEN(A1)))

(2).Mid Name
=IFERROR(IFERROR(LEFT(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),1)- 1),RIGHT(A1,LEN (A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))),A1)

(2).Last name
=IFERROR(RIGHT(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1)),LEN(RI GHT(A1,LEN(A1)- FIND(" ",A1,1)))-FIND( " ",RIGHT(A1,LEN( A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1)),1)),IF ERROR(IFERROR(L EFT(TRIM(MID(SU BSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),1)- 1),RIGHT(A1,LEN (A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))),A1))

A1 is the cell address where your name is located....
Plz note that dont copy and past the above formula, because while copy and pasting it generates some "space" in-between formulas,,, thus it will throw error... so its better to type the above formula self as-it-is...
** Even this formulas are not working, kindly give your Email ID so that i can send the excel sheet with formula,, or mail me at
2014-03-19 12:06 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ranjan
Kindly Send me excel sheet with Formula.

Regards
Ranjan Kumar
2016-09-23 10:06 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 vinay sagar s d
# Manish Gupta

ok... Send me the sheet showing error to my e mail, so that i can correct all the errors... My id -

thanks..
2014-04-09 18:48 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ashis Kumar
Vinay is Psychotic & I like people who have lost it...

Your Great Fan!
Regards.
2014-04-21 19:56 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -1 Ravindra Tomar
Execellent!!! It works
2014-05-01 10:07 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Arun
Very helpful, THanks .
2014-05-16 00:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
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2014-05-20 15:34 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink -1 Jacqueline
Thank you thank you! Your tip on splitting names across two columns has just saved me a couple of hours of work on a very busy day. I really appreciate you sharing it. :lol:
2014-06-26 04:20 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Lucille
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2014-06-27 06:00 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 Erik
Very helpful. Thank you!
2014-06-30 16:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 vipin
i want to split first name and last name ,but the problem is there is no comma,no space in between them. so is there any solution for it.do reply fast as it is urgent
2014-07-08 09:37 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +5 vinay sagar
(1).First name
=TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),1,LEN(A1)))

(2).Mid Name
=IFERROR(IFERROR(LEFT(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),1)- 1),RIGHT(A1,LEN (A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))),A1)

(2).Last name
=IFERROR(RIGHT(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1)),LEN(RI GHT(A1,LEN(A1)- FIND(" ",A1,1)))-FIND( " ",RIGHT(A1,LEN( A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1)),1)),IF ERROR(IFERROR(L EFT(TRIM(MID(SU BSTITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),FIN D(" ",TRIM(MID(SUBS TITUTE(A1," ",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN (A1),1000)),1)- 1),RIGHT(A1,LEN (A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))),A1))

A1 is the cell address where your name is located....
Plz note that dont copy and past the above formula, because while copy and pasting it generates some "space" in-between formulas,,, thus it will throw error... so its better to type the above formula self as-it-is...
2014-07-09 01:53 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 vipin
not working, i only need the split into First name and lastname
2014-07-12 09:11 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Raja
Split of First and Last Name Alone Mike Joseph use Left & Find Formula to Extract First name =LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)) To Extract Last Name use Right,len and Find Formula = =RIGHT(A1,LEN(A 1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))
2015-06-30 14:10 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Deanna
I tried the formula above but my data has everything it has first name Last name, first name middle initial last name and first name with a space "Le Roy". your formula works except for those with a middle initial so the last name is showing up for those as K Smith. is there a simpler formula to drop the K" " and not remove the first letter of the other last names?

The first name worked great.
thanks a lot
2017-01-31 23:12 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 x01015918
name:=LEFT(TRIM (A1);FIND(" ";TRIM(A1)))

middlename:=IFERROR(LEFT(TRIM(MID(TRIM(A1),FIND(" ",TRIM(A1)),50) ),FIND(" ",TRIM(MID(TRIM (A1),FIND(" ",TRIM(A1)),50) ))),"No Middle Name")

lastname:=RIGHT(TRIM(A1),LEN(TRIM(A1))-FIND(" ",TRIM(A1))-IFE RROR(FIND(" ",TRIM(MID(TRIM (A1),FIND(" ",TRIM(A1)),20) )),0))
2014-07-17 12:26 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 LEBOLD
graet function
but if there is two midlle names it will only show one please could u send one which will show all middle names i.e. even if there is 3 midlle names
thanks
[i have one wich shows first and midlle e.g. name: Paul James John Smith (to show all besides last name is : =LEFT(A1,LEN(A1 )-FIND(" ",A1,1)+1)]
2015-05-14 03:42 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Bransbilly
insert more columns to your right. then concatenante using this function =CONCATENATE(C7 ," ",D7," ",E7)

substitute where applicable to your cell.
" " will bring a space in between the names.
2014-08-15 11:25 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Avnesh Chaudhary
plz tell me how to split first and last name if they are combined with any character other than letters. E.G.Avnesh.chaudhary
vishal1mittal
akash#sharma
Prateek_bansal
plz help me..plz
2014-08-20 16:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 ziyaultaj
I want to learn separate name from different columns lebels in a given range.
2014-08-24 16:04 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Eminy
This saved me hours of work. THANK YOU!!!
2014-08-31 06:49 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Sadath PM
This formula work for getting last name

=MID(A2,LOOKUP(1,--((MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT("1:" &LEN(A2))),1))= " "),ROW(INDIRECT ("1:" &LEN(A2)))),50)
2014-09-17 09:55 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Craig
Hi, the formula works great except in one case. If some of the names have only a first name in the column, and others have first and sirname, the columns with only one name will be expressed at 'no value'.

Is there any way of the formula being able to distinguish between those with two and one names listed?
2014-10-05 23:02 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 AMY
I had some fields with no last name.You may want to trim for blanks (I didn't need to). Note column with original name is J3.
=IF(ISERROR(LEFT(J3,FIND(" ",J3,1)-1)),J3, LEFT(J3,FIND(" ",J3,1)-1))
=IF(ISERROR(RIGHT(J3,LEN(J3)-FIND(" ",J3,1)))," ",RIGHT(J3,LEN( J3)-FIND(" ",J3,1)))
2016-05-21 22:33 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Jacquiline Romorosa
This is such a great help! Thank you.
2014-10-10 15:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +2 Jeet
Andre Van Damme - is in column A

I want Andre in column A and Van Damme in Column B

how??
2014-11-25 09:20 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 ssnegi
how to separate RajSingh in Excel name is not space but first name first cartare big and sur name first cartare big
2015-01-09 05:52 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ducan MacLeod
Can anyone please tell me how I would use the first and last name split function in a Name Range or in a Data Validation or suggest an alternative method. Thank in advance for your help.
2015-02-14 00:37 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 RAJEEV JUNEJA
=LEFT(a3,IFERRO R(FIND(" ",a3),LEN(a3)))
2015-02-25 04:55 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Smithe391
I like what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and exposure! edgbfagadkkeebd e
2015-04-03 08:02 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Glynn
How do I copy the newly separated out data without the formula?
2015-05-20 10:37 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 rika
hi, example i have:

Andres, Isabelita

how can i split firstname and last name?

another

Bayabos, Rowena V.

how can i split firstname, middle name and lastname? hope someone can help me..
2015-06-02 00:45 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 babu
how can i split data from right two special character using

i have given below text:

0-7-F SPORTS-CHAPPAL

Need : F SPORTS-CHAPPAL
2015-07-28 12:43 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Dee
HI ALL,

how to combine excel formula?,below are the formula that need to combine:
=TEXT(E3,"hh:mm")
=M3+"9:00:00"
=TEXT(U3,"hh:mm")
=M3&"-"
=IFERROR(CONCATENATE(AK3,AC3)," ")
2015-08-26 08:04 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Jaydeep Parmar
Guidelines is so good...

thank u very much.....
2015-08-31 12:17 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 hari
how to split two words in one cell,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,
2015-08-31 14:42 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Eric L
Can anyone help me figure out a formula on how to take First Name Last Name in the same cell such as [Jon Smith], and make it First Name Last Initial in the same cell? So basically... [John Smith] to [John S].

Thanks!
2015-09-04 18:47 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Demi L
Hi,
I need help to trim and split names.
I have to split a full name such as "SANDRA K GREEN MD" into Last name, first name and middle initials in separate columns. I can trim off the MD after the full name if is easier.

Please help! Thanks so much!
2015-09-23 17:30 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Demi L
Can someone help me to trim and split names?
ex: SANDRA K GREEN MD
I need to trim off MD if is easier and have Last name, first name and middle initial in separate cells.

Thanks so much!
2015-09-23 17:34 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ninad More
Hi Demi!

To separate any name with a First Name, Middle Name(Initial), Last Name and Suffix, please use the below formula in the designated cells

Assuming A1 contains : SANDRA K GREEN MD

B1 : =LEFT(A1,SEARCH (" ",A1,1)-1)

C1 : =MID(A1,SEARCH( " ",A1,1)+1,SEARC H(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)-SEAR CH(" ",A1,1)-1)

D1 : =MID(A1,SEARCH( " ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)+1,SE ARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)+1)-S EARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)-1)

E1 : =RIGHT(A1,LEN(A 1)-SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)+1))

If you wish to eliminate the suffix you could leave the E1 cell blank.
2015-11-10 07:29 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Kawa
thank you very much, your functions work fine, but there are some extra spaces in the formulas that need to be corrected...
2017-02-10 20:12 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Paresh
Hey
if you want to split First Name Middle name and Last Name
Use the convert text to column option mentioned in the blog and
when the popup window shows
Treat consecutive delimiters as one
UNTICK the option
It will split the name in three parts.But all names should have three parts or else the names with only two parts will show last name in middle name column.
2015-10-25 12:23 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Ninad More
To separate name wherein the only delimiter is Uppercase. ex: WilliamSmith (First Name & Last Name) OR WilliamJSmith (First Name, Middle Name(Initial) & Last Name)

TRY THIS OUT!!!

For First Name & Last Name --> Assuming A1 contains : WilliamSmith

Last Name - C1 : =MID(A1,MATCH(1 ,(CODE(MID(A1,R OW($1:$255),1)) >=65)*(CODE(MID (A1,ROW($2:$255 ),1)) Assuming A1 contains : WilliamJSmith


Formula extension - E1 : =MID(A1,MATCH(1 ,(CODE(MID(A1,R OW($1:$255),1)) >=65)*(CODE(MID (A1,ROW($2:$255 ),1))=65)*(CODE(MID(E1,ROW($2:$255),1))
2015-11-10 07:56 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Achint Rajput
HI,

Please help me.

as i want to split below name.

Raj Narayan Shankar Pandey

Please help !!
2015-11-16 10:54 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Sunil Kumar
You can use Text to Column Function which is laying in DATA Tab..
2015-12-30 10:20 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Abirami
Hi,

Kindly help me.

As i want to split below name, i have couple (1000) of candidate names in excel like below mentioned format

MukeshKumarR
JojimonMathew
YuvarajIndiresan

Please suggest!!!!!
2015-12-11 09:43 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 skyyang
Quoting Abirami:
Hi,

Kindly help me.

As i want to split below name, i have couple (1000) of candidate names in excel like below mentioned format

MukeshKumarR
JojimonMathew
YuvarajIndiresan

Please suggest!!!!!

Hello, Abirami:

Maybe the following article can solve your problem, please view it:
http://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/3336-excel-split-text-by-capital-letter.html
2015-12-15 07:53 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Naman
Thanks for the article, its saved alot of time.
Regards @freshersidea.com
2016-02-10 07:46 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Julie
When I attempt this it looses all my other columns, i.e. Street, City, State, Zip
2016-03-16 18:50 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Al
Hi, I need help to create a excel formula to separate the names below in each columns.

John,,Doe,123-45-6789
John,A,Doe,123-45-6789
John,Dee,Doe,123-45-6789
John,D,de la,Doe,123-45-6789
John,,DoeIII,123-45-6789
2016-08-25 16:25 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 DJ
What a LIFESAVER! Thank you for the Demo! Kutools is AWESOME and so user friendly!
2016-09-28 18:16 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 FM
Hi,

Kindly help me.

As i want to split below name, i have couple (1000) of candidate names in excel like below mentioned format

MASTERS/University of Dhaka/Mathematics/1ST/2005


Please suggest!!!!!
2017-03-30 12:02 Reply Reply with quote Quote

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