# How to Count Names in Excel (3 Examples)

You can use the following methods to count names in Excel:

Method 1: Count Cells with Exact Name

`=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "Bob Johnson")`

Method 2: Count Cells with Partial Name

`=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*Johnson*")`

Method 3: Count Cells with One of Several Names

`=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*Johnson*") + COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*Smith*")`

The following examples show how to use each method with the following dataset in Excel: ## Example 1: Count Cells with Exact Name

We can use the following formula to count the number of cells in column A that contain the exact name “Bob Johnson”:

`=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "Bob Johnson")`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice: We can see that there are 2 cells that contain “Bob Johnson” as the exact name.

## Example 2: Count Cells with Partial Name

We can use the following formula to count the number of cells in column A that contain “Johnson” anywhere in the name:

`=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*Johnson*")`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice: We can see that there are 4 cells that contain “Johnson” somewhere in the name.

## Example 3: Count Cells with One of Several Names

We can use the following formula to count the number of cells in column A that contain “Johnson” or “Smith” somewhere in the name:

`=COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*Johnson*") + COUNTIF(A2:A11, "*Smith*")`

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice: We can see that there are 6 cells that contain either “Johnson” or “Smith” somewhere in the name.