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# Excel 2010 - Formula to calculate Surname from Full Name

Posted on 2014-08-01
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Dear Experts,

Maybe that is an easy question could you please have a look on the attached Excel file, which formula could show the Surname of the people in the A column? So basically in each case those characters which are after the space

Thanks,
CalcSurname.xlsx
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=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2,1))
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=IFERROR(MID(A2, FIND(" ", A2) + 1, LEN(A2) - FIND(" ", A2)), "")

Then copy down the column.
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=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ", A2))
But be aware that this will not work for certain names such as Bobby Joe Owens or Billy Jean King since you will end up having the wrong surname.
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Thanks both versions are working of course, you both were so fast that I have just split the points between the solutions
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