Combine First and Last Names in Excel & Google Sheets

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

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Combine Names – Ampersand Sign (&)

To combine first and last names, you can use the & sign and a space character in a text string

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Combine Names – CONCAT Function

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

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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.

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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.

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Last Name, First Name – CONCAT Function

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

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Combine First and Last Names in Google Sheets

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

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