Look up formula to match names in excel

Hello Experts!

I need to map two columns with names. The problem is that column A has Last name, First Name and Middle Name Initial; Column B has Last Name, First Name only. Is there a formula that will match these two columns without recognizing a middle name initial or extra space at the end?
Example: A1: ADKINS, THERESA A B1: ADKINS, THERESA...I know this is the same person, but my v-lookup does not work because of this extra letter at the end...

thanks!
LadkissonAsked:
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ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
you may consider using fuzzy match UDF for this. Alan has posted a good UDF in mrexcel.com
LadkissonAuthor Commented:
thanks but I am a member of this site and would like to get a solution here...
ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
can you upload a sample file, so that i set up the udf with solution for you.
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fjdreherCommented:
what about stripping the end of the middle name data based on the length of the data in column A (the fn/ln column)
C1 will be =MID(B1,1,LEN(A1))

and then do a lookup based on that
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Can you upload your sample file as it will become easy to write a formula for you accordingly...

Saurabh...
slubekCommented:
If middle name initial is one character only, you can strip it with
=Substitute(A1;Right(A1;2);"")

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and then use it for vlookup (like in fjdreher solution).

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