# biblatex: in bibliography, first author's last name comes first, other author's last names come second

I am using biblatex for my references.

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,titlepage]{article}
\usepackage[backend=bibtex,maxcitenames=2,style=authoryear]{biblatex}
\bibliography{file}


In the bibliography, the last name of the first author of a book/paper is put first, while the last name of the second/third author of the book is put second (see image).

Whether I put the names in the .bib file like this

@book{vnm53,
author = {{von Neumann}, John and Morgenstern, Oskar},
title = {Theory of Games and Economic Behaviour},
.....
}


or this

@book{brealey06,
author = {Richard A. Brealey and Stewart C. Myers and Franklin Allen},
title = {Corporate Finance},
....
}


is not making a difference.

How can I get it to consistently put the last name first?

• What about \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first}. – moewe Jun 6 '15 at 14:27
• I really thought there should be a duplicate for this, but all I could come up with is Biblatex does not reverse the first and last names of the second author which does not propose a solution and biblatex - Order last-first for the names of multiple editors? which might be too much. – moewe Jun 6 '15 at 14:34
• @moewe Finding the right duplicate can be a reall pain in the lalala ;-) – Johannes_B Jun 6 '15 at 14:37
• If any of these solutions worked for you, you might wan tto indicate that by accepting (and upvoting) a answer or replying to a comment that helped. If none of the solutions were helpful, please explain why not. – moewe Jun 7 '15 at 8:07
• Your comment helped and I couldn't find a way to upvote that: So actually replying to comments is the correct way? The link that said it was a feature, not a bug, helped me: I accepted it the way it was. Thank you! – elena Jun 9 '15 at 14:20

Following is possible and changes the separator between names as well, just to make it obvious what is lastname and what is firstname of whom.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[style=authoryear,maxnames=20]{biblatex}
\DeclareNameAlias{author}{last-first}
\usepackage{xcolor}