|Your question is not very clear.|
You subject line says "how do you convert a text", yet your question mentions nothing about "converting" anything.
You post says the names are "grouped by time starts". What's a "time start" and how does the grouping enter in your question?
By "keeping a running total daily of the names" do you mean that you want to count them every day?
Perhaps if you posted an example of your data and the desired output based on the example data, we could be of some assistance.
Please read the How To referenced in my signature line before posting your example data.
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