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Removing a name suffix (JR) and a middle name from a text box in Excel 2010

Posted on 2013-12-04
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I am currently using the following formula to take names on a spreadsheet from Last, First to First Last:

=PROPER((RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2,1)))&" "&(LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2,1)-2)))

Recently we've had a few names show up with Jr. or a middle name on the end appearing as such:

Doe JR, John or Doe Middle, John rather than just Doe, John

This causes my formula to go a little bananas.  Rather than use ctrl+H and replace them, I would like to try and make some changes to the above formula to do it all in once pass if possible.  How would I go about making the above formula ignore the third word as they appear in the examples?

Thanks!

-Straws
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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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What results do you expect in those two cases?

If you just want John Doe try this formula

=PROPER(MID(A2&" "&A2,FIND(",",A2)+2,LEN(A2)-IFERROR(FIND(" ",A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1)-FIND(" ",A2),1)))

regards, barry
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Keeping all three you might try

=PROPER((RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(", ",A2,1)-1))&" "&(LEFT(A2,FIND(", ",A2,1)-1)))
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This did the trick as requested.
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