Using VBA to automatically assign gender in excel spreadsheet

timer Asked: May 11th, 2013

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A couple of days ago, I posted about automatically filling in empty cells underneath a gender column based on the first name in the same row. I have found moderate success by downloading an MS Access database ( with 6000 names and corresponding genders preloaded, copying this database into an adjacent excel sheet and using the VLOOKUP function. However, it doesn’t seem to list a lot of foreign names, namely Middle Eastern and Chinese. So I found a fairly reliable and simple baby name guesser website ( to supplement this list. My idea would be, when the VLOOKUP turns up a “#N/A” for the gender of the member’s name (since I have the VLOOKUP set to “False”), to have a code (preferably in VBA) run that submits the name to the baby name guesser website and inserts “M” or “F” in the cell for the resulting gender. I haven’t programmed before, so it would be great on getting guidance on where to start. Thanks!

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