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    Count number of times of name appears in a column

    Hi guys,
    I'm hoping someone can help me. I need to count the number of times a name appears in a column. For example, Column A has the following names:

    gia
    gia
    gia
    gia
    gia
    gia
    jon
    jon
    Roger
    Roger
    Roger
    Roger

    I would like a formula so that Column B tells me the number of times the name in that cell appears in the rest of the column. So for gia the answer should be 6, for jon the answer should be 2 and for Roger the answer should be 4. I have data set is quite large that I imagine I could not use this formula =COUNTIF($A$2:$A$442,"gia") because to do this I would need to manually insert the name each time.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Thanks

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    Re: Count number of times of name appears in a column

    Ness78,

    Just put your formula in column b but replace "gia" with A2 like this =COUNTIF($A$2:$A$442,A2) and drag down

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    Re: Count number of times of name appears in a column

    Hi Ness and welcome to the forum.

    See the attached with the answer.
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    Re: Count number of times of name appears in a column

    Thanks for the welcome and for getting back to me so quickly!!

    Works a treat!! I've been trying to figure this one out for ages! Should have joined this forum months ago.

    Thanks again
    Last edited by Ness78; 07-31-2012 at 09:37 PM. Reason: Followed advice and fixed the issue

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    Re: Count number of times of name appears in a column

    Alternatively, use pivot tables..
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    Re: Count number of times of name appears in a column

    @ Ness78

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