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ParseFullNameToList (FullName, TitleList, SuffixList)

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John Shanks, Sunset Knoll Consulting

Produces List from Full Name

Sample Input:
ParseFullNameToList ("Dr. Evin Wilson III", TitleList, SuffixList)
Sample Output:


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This function accepts a person's full name, including title, first, middle and last names, and suffix and produces a list with:

Value 1 = title
Value 2 = first name
Value 3 = middle name
value 4 = last name
value 5 = suffix

Title, middle name and suffix are optional. If, for example, the middle name is not given, Value 3 will just be a RETURN character in the list (as seen in the example data case).

The TitleList is a list of words likely to be used as title (Mr., Miss, etc.) Similarly, the SuffixList is a list of likely suffixes (II, Jr, Sr, etc.)

The function now accepts a full name that has has last name first, followed by a comma, and then first name.
This function borrows heavily from the GetFirstName, GetLastName functions by Steve Bush

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


This works great. Thanks!

How would I edit it to allow for hyphenated suffixes? I deal with medical suffixes such as PA-C (certified physician's assistant). Adding them to the suffix list doesn't do it.

And how do I account for multiple suffixes such as "MD, MPH"? Or for that matter, multiple commas?

The worst is multiple suffixes with multiple hyphens!

Denise, Boston
May 16, 2013 12:33pm

This seems to work well for my data except for the situation where there is only a first name, it comes up with that one name for both the first and last name. I made a quick tweak to look at the number of words and if there is only one to assume it is the first name.

Eric, Oregon
October 31, 2014 10:40am

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