Split full name w/single and multiple middle names

MrManBoy

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Hi All,

Problem:

I have a data-set that has a list of full names. Splitting the first and last name is fine enough however, some of the names have multiple names between first and last name. Looking for a way (preferably w/a formula),that splits these multiple names as well splitting first and last name. Where possible, the split should occur in a single cell and not separated individually.

FYI - here is the formula I am using to split first and last name: =MID(A2&" "&A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1,LEN(A2))

Example:
Book1
AB
1Original DataDesired Data
2Doe JohnJohn Doe
3Doe JaneJane Doe
4Smith AaronAaron Smith
5Paul James SamSam Paul James
6Van Nie Sims JoeJoe Van Nie Sims
Sheet1


Thanking you in advance.

:cool:
 
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MrManBoy

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Thank you so much Peter this is perfect!!

Cheers!
 
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B2:B6B2=LEFT(TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",REPT(" ",50)),50))&" "&A2,LEN(A2))


Peter, would it be too much to ask if you could break down the formula in terms of what it's doing? Just within the substitute section, with the repeating of the 'blanks' etc. I just tried to work this out but not sure to be honest on whats happening. If not, no dramas at all. Cheers.
 
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Peter_SSs

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The SUBSTITUTE puts 50 spaces between each word.
Taking the RIGHT 50 characters will give some spaces followed by the last word.
TRIM removes the spaces leaving you with the last word.
The rest is similar to your original function.
 

MrManBoy

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The SUBSTITUTE puts 50 spaces between each word.
Taking the RIGHT 50 characters will give some spaces followed by the last word.
TRIM removes the spaces leaving you with the last word.
The rest is similar to your original function.


Ahh ok, no worries thanks for sharing that Peter.

Cheers. (y)
 

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