i have a request.  

I have names in two cells

A1 = Thomas J Jones
B1 = Helen M Jones

I want a result as follows:

if the last name is the same then the result to be
Thomas J & Helen M Jones
if not then the result to be
Thomas J Jones & Helen M JOnes

and if B1 is blank then the result to be

Thomas J Jones

i have tried a few functions but cant seem to find the right one

Hoping you can assist



You're not going to like this, but this is the answer:

=IF(B1="",A1,IF(MID(A1,FIND("{",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","{",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""))))+1,255)=MID(B1,FIND("{",SUBSTITUTE(B1," ","{",LEN(B1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B1," ",""))))+1,255),LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","{",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""))),FIND("{",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","{",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""))))-1)&" & "&B1,A1&" "&B1))

Try it out!
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