People who ask this question often want to use the service for picking people for drug screening or as winners for lotteries or drawings. In those cases, we really recommend that you use the Third-Party Draw Service instead. The Draw Service offers a high level of transparency to your entrants and also protects you against accusations of tampering by storing a record of the results on RANDOM.ORG.
If you don’t need transparency or protection against tampering, the List Randomizer will probably do what you want.
If you don’t want to use the List Randomizer, it’s also pretty easy to do it using the Sequence Generator and a spreadsheet. Here’s how:
Format your names in one column in a spreadsheet. Let’s call it column A.
Go to the Sequence Generator.
Type in 1 as your smallest value and the number of rows in your spreadsheet as your largest, then hit the submit button.
Copy and paste the list produced into a separate column in your spreadsheet. Let’s call it column B. The two columns contain the same number of rows and must match up.
Sort the rows in your spreadsheet in ascending order using column B.
Column A now contains your randomized names.
You can use this technique with any type of data, not only names, but also employee numbers, etc. It will work with up to 10,000 entries, which is the maximum sequence length that the Sequence Generator allows.