Excel - separate last name before a space

Please offer a formula that I can get just the last name from a first last name field:


JOHN DOE - retrieve just DOE

JOHN S DOE - retrieve just DOE

JOHN S DOE JR. - retrieve just DOE

The last name with a JR. may have a separate formula than the previous three due to the suffix extension.

 I have
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1,1))
without success.
exp vgAsked:
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
That's not really possible since you might have JOHN DOE JR so the same formula that would return DOE from JOHN S DOE would return JR.
exp vgAuthor Commented:
Do you know a formula for the other three that do not contain JR.?
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You could however have a list of suffixes like JR, SR, II, III so you could distinguish them via VBA code. Are you interested?
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exp vgAuthor Commented:
No VBA please - I want to keep this simple.

The formula I am using on JOHN DOE WILLIAMS

will return DOE WILLIAMS

and I am interested in just getting
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
Please see this.
Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
You may try this to see if you get the desired output.

Assuming your string is in A1, then try this in B1


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exp vgAuthor Commented:
Thank you
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

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