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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.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

How to Count Specific Words in Excel

How to Count Unique Values by Group in Excel

How to Use COUNTIF with Multiple Ranges in Excel