How to remove a "space" from a name filed and move the next text characters over to another column.

We have about 12K records where name is " JOHN" or "JOHN  J" or "JOHN ", I have heard there is a simple way to find and replace the space character, however I need to move any character after the space to another Colum.


Needs to be
---------   ----------  

JOHN      J
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try this
select case when charindex(' ',fname)>0 then left(fname,charindex(' ',fname)-1)
else fname
end as fname
, case when charindex(' ',fname)>0 then right(fname, len(fname)-charindex(' ',fname))
else NULL
end as mInit
--from here down is just sample data
(select 'JOHN J' as fName
union all
select 'john')Names

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