# Combine First and Last Names in Excel & Google Sheets

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Last updated on October 28, 2023

This tutorial will demonstrate how to combine first and last names in Excel and Google Sheets.

## Combine Names – Ampersand Sign (&)

To combine first and last names, use the ampersand (&) to join the names together. Additionally, use ” ” to create a space so the first and last names are separated.

``=B3 & " " & C3``

## Combine Names – CONCAT Function

We can use the CONCAT Function to achieve the same result.

``=CONCAT(B3,"",C3``

NOTE: the CONCAT Function in Excel has replaced the CONCATENATE Function. While they are both still available, it is advisable to now use the CONCAT Function.

## Last Name, First Name

To create a name format like “last name, first name”, we can use the & sign and a comma in a text string.

``=C3 & ", " & B3``

## Last Name, First Name – CONCAT Function

We can use the CONCAT Function to achieve the same result.

``=CONCAT(c3,",",B3``

## Combine First and Last Names in Google Sheets

These formulas work exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel.

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