# In Excel, Splitting a Last_Name, First_Name cell, into 2 cells

Assuming that cell B2 contains a name like, Dangerfield, Rodney, here are 2 formulas you can use to create 2 cells, one with the first name, one with the last name.

For the first name:
`=RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-1)`

and for the last name:
`=LEFT(B2,FIND(",",B2)-1)`

Next, copy those formulas down thru all apllicable rows.

Lastly, highlight the 2 columsn, right-click and choose Copy.
Then right-click on an empty column head to the right, and choose: Paste Values. ## Special Case

What if the name is really, “last_name, first_name middle_name”, and you don’t want the middle name?
`=LEFT(RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-1),FIND(" ",RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-2)))`

That’s great, but what if someone does NOT have a middle name?
Then you’ll get an error.
To solve for that, need to make it even fancier:
`=IF(ISERROR(LEFT(RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-1),FIND(" ",RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-2)))),RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-1),LEFT(RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-1),FIND(" ",RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-FIND(",",B2)-2))))`