Finding last name problem

hatstand

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I'm trying to amend this formula to find the last name in a cell that has the a fist name and second name, as copied from cpearson, a big thank you too him :

=TRIM(RIGHT(K239,LEN(K239)-IF(ISERROR(FIND(" ",K239,FIND(" ",K239,FIND(" ",K239,1)+2))),LEN(K239),FIND(" ",K239,FIND(" ",K239,FIND(" ",K239,1)+2))-1)))

I have already amended it to look for spaces rather than "," seperators. But it will only work when there is a middle name. Is it possible to change it to find the last name only?

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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pgc01

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Hi hatstand

Assuming the last name comes after a space, this formula will extract it no matter how many names the person has:

Code:
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND("#",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","#",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","")))))


Hope this helps
PGC
 

Andrew Poulsom

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If A1 contains John Smith or John Peter Smith (or even Mr John Perter Smith) this:

=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","")))))

will return Smith.
 

hatstand

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A big thanks you

Thanks for your help. They work perfectly.
 

barry houdini

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Here's an alternative, assuming your surname has no more than 99 letters

=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(A1)," ",REPT(" ",99)),99))
 

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