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

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, middle name column and last name column as the following screenshot shown. Here are some tricky methods to help you solve this problem:


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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Split full name to first and last name with formulas


Split full names to first and last names:

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, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells which you want to fill this formula, and all first names have been extracted at once, see screenshot:

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2. Then enter the formula of =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2,1)) in another blank cell, Cell D2, and drag the fill handle down to the cells which you want to apply this formula, and all last names have been extracted in column D as following screenshot shown:

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Split full names to first, middle and last names:

If you want to split full names to first, middle and last names into separate columns, the following formulas may do you a favor.

1. Enter this formula: =LEFT(A2,SEARCH(" ",A2)) into a blank cell C2, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells to apply this formula, and all first names have been split into column C, see screenshot:

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2. Then enter this formula: =MID(A2,SEARCH(" ",A2,1)+1,SEARCH(" ",A2,SEARCH(" ",A2,1)+1)-SEARCH(" ",A2,1)) into a blank cell D2, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells to apply this formula, and all middle names have been split into column D, see screenshot:

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3. At last, enter this formula: =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH(" ",A2,SEARCH(" ",A2,SEARCH(" ",A2)+1))) into a blank cell E2, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells to apply this formula, and all first names have been split into column E, see screenshot:

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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 A2:A13.

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

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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 following wizard, 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, middle name column  and last name column at once.


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 screenshot:

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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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    kmrod · 18 days ago
    these are great, but!!! after splitting the names i need to remove the column with both names, and that makes the calculation throw an error.

    how can i split (columnB) Bob Smith into (columnC) Bob then (columnD) Smith and then delete columnB, so i'm left with just the FName and LName columns?
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      KB · 16 days ago
      Hi kmrod,

      From my understanding, you put your formulas into columnC and D to get Fname(columnC) and Lname(columnD). Once you do this you try delete columnB and then C and D just say errors?

      If this is the case, sounds like your formulas are still active when you delete columnB. Have you tried copying columnC and columnD then right click over columnC choose -> paste special -> Values -> OK. Then go ahead and delete columnB and that should keep C and D intact.

      Hopefully this fixes your issue.
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    guest · 1 months ago
    thanks! this has been helpful
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    Tanya · 2 months ago
    Hi: I have the following naming convention "035849 - Doe, John"
    and I need to be able to have the name separated out as Doe John. Can you please help me. Thank you
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      KB · 1 months ago
      Click on data -> Text to Columns -> Delimited (Next>) then only tick the Comma box and click finish. Hope this helped.
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        Tanya · 1 months ago
        Hi KB: Thank you for your response but unfortunately the command returns: 035849 - Doe, John. What I am looking for is some kind of formula that will extract from the above, as I have thousands of these names, so that the end result is one the name: Doe John, with no comma. Thanks
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          Miemie Yang · 1 months ago
          Hello, Tanya,


          First, you can apply the Text to Columns > Delimited > other(-) to split the text strings to numbers and names, then use the Find and Replace function to replace the commas to nothing. And you will only get the names with no comma.


          Hope it can help you. Thank you!
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          KB · 1 months ago
          Hi Tanya, are you able to use the above code =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH(" ",A2,SEARCH(" ",A2,SEARCH(" ",A2)+1))) then select the new column with "Doe, John" in it and use a find and replace on the comma, or does it need to be in a formula?
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            Tanya · 1 months ago
            Hi KB: This is wonderful, thank you. I definitely wanted it in a formula. Now, when I use this formula, what I get is Doe, John" with a remaining " at the end. I can certainly do another find/replace to remove it along with the comma, but I am wondering if there is a way within the formula to get rid of the remaining "? Thank you so much!!!!!!
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              KB · 1 months ago
              Hi Tanya, sorry I didn't realise the speech marks were also part of the text. In that case perhaps try this code =LEFT(MID(A1, FIND("-", A1) + 2, 255), LEN(MID(A1, FIND("-", A1) + 2, 255)) - 1) then do a find and replace on the comma (Sorry can't think of any way to get rid of this through a formula). Hopefully that should make life easier :)
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    Jordan · 3 months ago
    Thank you so much this save me so much time
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    FM · 6 months ago
    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!!!!!