The default biblatex verbose-ibid style prints the initials of the author the first time you cite the work, and the following times it only prints the name.

Example : Filler texte\footcite{ex}. Filler text\footcite{ex}. gives the footnotes

  1. BLACK, J., Title of work, Address, Publisher, Year.
  2. BLACK, Short title of work.

I would like to make biblatex print the initial also the second time, i.e. obtain

  1. BLACK, J., Title of work, Address, Publisher, Year.
  2. BLACK, J., Short title of work.

Does anybody have an idea of how to do that?

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    – user31729
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 9:56
  • \DeclareNameAlias{labelname}{last-first}, but you will lose all uniquename capabilities that way. (Mind you they are probably already diminished by only using initials.) If you want to retain them, a more complicated redefinition \DeclareNameFormat{labelname} is needed ...
    – moewe
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 14:18

1 Answer 1


It is probably best to redefine labelname as follows


This will always print at least the first name initials and more if need be (obviously only with uniquename properly set).

A shorter definition would just be


where we lose uniquename abilities (that are already diminished thanks to firstinits=true).

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