Excel Tip: Combine Two Columns of First and Last Names


If you have a spreadsheet that contains a column of first names and a column of last names, and you would like to combine those names into one column, here's a quick trick that will get the job done.

For this example, let's assume that Column A contains first names and Column B contains last names. We will place the combined first and last names in Column C, with a space separating the first and last names.

Step 1: To combine two columns of names into one column, use this formula in the first row of column C:

Note that there should be a space separating the two quotation marks in the formula.

Step 2: Copy the formula down for as many names as you have. The first and last names will appear together in Column C, separated by a space.

If you no longer need the names in Columns A and B and want to remove those names, follow these steps:

Step 3: Highlight the combined names in Column C

Step 4: Click the Copy button

Step 5: While the cells are still highlighted, choose Edit, Paste Special from the menu, click the "Values" box, then click OK.

Step 6. Delete the contents of columns A and B.

You can also use this procedure to combine names in reverse order, with the last name first and a comma separating the last and first name. In this situation, the formula for Column C would include a comma between the quotation marks and would look like this:



Please login or register to join the discussion.

thanks it was really helpful.....:p

thanks a lot

There is also an even easier solution which doesn't use formulas and allows you to combine cells together that are not text. http://www.anotherwaytodothis....

Thanks alot.. it was really helpful. keep up the good work

Worked Great - THANKS

thanks a lot...

This worked perfectly! Thanks!

Very Helpful!! Thank you

This just saved me a ton of stress. Thanks so much. Incredibly helpful.

Amazing! Thanks SO MUCH! Last year, I had to do this MANUALLY! Ugggg!


information was very helpful n I could do my task easily.

excel is one crazy thing I hav ever seen.... lov to learn more.... :)

very helpful!! thank you!


that so good thanks alot


Thank you....easy and it worked!!!!!!!

My Friend This is was really very helpful. Thank you so much.
This was just done in 1 mint.