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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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    Charles · 4 months ago
    This worked perfectly! Thanks!
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    Spanish Guy · 4 months ago
    Works for people with 2 or 3 names. In some countries, people have 4 or more names. Creating a formula that split a FullName into FirstName, LastName and Middle Names, that's a real challenge...
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    yasin · 9 months ago
    thanks alot :D
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    Jennifer Roxy Hughes · 1 years ago
    Any news on a hyphenated last name, keeping them together?
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    Matt Larson · 1 years ago
    Thank You - incredibly helpful
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    pia · 1 years ago
    beautiful, that was a good show
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    mia · 1 years ago
    Thank you, this was really helpful, and your answer to one of the questions below, about copying and pasting the values to get rid of the equation was equally helpful!
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    Adam Pearce · 1 years ago
    Thanks so much! Worked perfectly!
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    PCM · 1 years ago
    Brilliant!
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    kmrod · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years ago
    thanks! this has been helpful
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    Tanya · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years 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 · 2 years ago
    Thank you so much this save me so much time
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    FM · 2 years 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!!!!!
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    DJ · 3 years ago
    What a LIFESAVER! Thank you for the Demo! Kutools is AWESOME and so user friendly!
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    Al · 3 years ago
    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
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    Julie · 3 years ago
    When I attempt this it looses all my other columns, i.e. Street, City, State, Zip
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    Naman · 3 years ago
    Thanks for the article, its saved alot of time.
    Regards @[url]freshersidea.com[/url]
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    Abirami · 3 years 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

    MukeshKumarR
    JojimonMathew
    YuvarajIndiresan

    Please suggest!!!!!
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      skyyang · 3 years ago
      [quote name="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!!!!![/quote]
      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
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    Achint Rajput · 3 years ago
    HI,

    Please help me.

    as i want to split below name.

    Raj Narayan Shankar Pandey

    Please help !!
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      Sunil Kumar · 3 years ago
      You can use Text to Column Function which is laying in DATA Tab..
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    Ninad More · 3 years ago
    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,ROW($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,ROW($1:$255),1))>=65)*(CODE(MID(A1,ROW($2:$255),1))=65)*(CODE(MID(E1,ROW($2:$255),1))
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    Paresh · 4 years ago
    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.
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    Demi L · 4 years ago
    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!
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      Ninad More · 3 years ago
      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,SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)-SEARCH(" ",A1,1)-1)

      D1 : =MID(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)+1,SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)+1)-SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH(" ",A1,1)+1)-1)

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

      If you wish to eliminate the suffix you could leave the E1 cell blank.
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        Kawa · 2 years ago
        thank you very much, your functions work fine, but there are some extra spaces in the formulas that need to be corrected...
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    Demi L · 4 years ago
    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!
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    Eric L · 4 years ago
    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!
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    hari · 4 years ago
    how to split two words in one cell,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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    Jaydeep Parmar · 4 years ago
    Guidelines is so good...

    thank u very much.....
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    Dee · 4 years ago
    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)," ")
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    babu · 4 years ago
    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
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    rika · 4 years ago
    hi, example i have:

    [b]Andres, Isabelita[/b]

    how can i split firstname and last name?

    another

    [b]Bayabos, Rowena V.[/b]

    how can i split firstname, middle name and lastname? hope someone can help me..
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    Glynn · 4 years ago
    How do I copy the newly separated out data without the formula?
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    Smithe391 · 4 years ago
    I like what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and exposure! edgbfagadkkeebde
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    RAJEEV JUNEJA · 4 years ago
    =LEFT(a3,IFERROR(FIND(" ",a3),LEN(a3)))
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    Ducan MacLeod · 4 years ago
    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.
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    ssnegi · 4 years ago
    how to separate RajSingh in Excel name is not space but first name first cartare big and sur name first cartare big
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    Jeet · 4 years ago
    Andre Van Damme - is in column A

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

    how??
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    Jacquiline Romorosa · 5 years ago
    This is such a great help! Thank you.
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    Craig · 5 years ago
    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?
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      AMY · 3 years ago
      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)))
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    Sadath PM · 5 years ago
    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)
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    Eminy · 5 years ago
    This saved me hours of work. THANK YOU!!!
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    ziyaultaj · 5 years ago
    I want to learn separate name from different columns lebels in a given range.
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    Avnesh Chaudhary · 5 years ago
    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
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    Bransbilly · 5 years ago
    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.
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    x01015918 · 5 years ago
    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))-IFERROR(FIND(" ",TRIM(MID(TRIM(A1),FIND(" ",TRIM(A1)),20))),0))
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      LEBOLD · 4 years ago
      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)]
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    vinay sagar · 5 years ago
    (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...
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      Deanna · 2 years ago
      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
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      vipin · 5 years ago
      not working, i only need the split into First name and lastname
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        Raja · 4 years ago
        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(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))
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          Carmen · 2 years ago
          This formula worked perfectly for me... Any advice on how to remove comas? ex. St.Louis, I need it to be St. Louis.

          Thank you.
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    vipin · 5 years ago
    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
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    Erik · 5 years ago
    Very helpful. Thank you!
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    Jacqueline · 5 years ago
    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:
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    Smithg874 · 5 years ago
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    Arun · 5 years ago
    Very helpful, THanks .

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