quoth the Alex MacCaw:
> Does anyone have an example of splitting a name into first and last
> names? Or is just a case of doing string.split(' ')?

I'd say a regexp is overkill here.

irb(main):001:0> name = "Alex MacCaw"
=> "Alex MacCaw"
irb(main):002:0> first, last = name.split
=> ["Alex", "MacCaw"]
irb(main):003:0> first
=> "Alex"
irb(main):004:0> last
=> "MacCaw"

Note that you will have to do more work to accommodate middle names and 
titles, ie: Mr, Mrs, Dr etc...

-d
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