How can I cite an authors full name (= first name + last name) in biblatex?

    author = {Gladwell, Malcolm},
    address = {New York, NY},
    publisher = {Back Bay Books},
    title = {Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking},
    year = {2005},

I would then like to cite the book with Malcolm Gladwell's full name. So what I'm looking for is some sort of \citefullauthorname macro.

3 Answers 3


One may use \DeclarenameAlias{labelname}{<whatever>} inside new author-citation commands.






  author = {Knuth, Donald E.},
  year = {1986},
  title = {The \TeX book},








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    Or just use: \newrobustcmd*{\citefirstlastauthor}{\AtNextCite{\DeclareNameAlias{labelname}{first-last}}\citeauthor}.
    – Audrey
    Sep 25, 2012 at 15:51
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    Could someone expand Audrey's suggestion into a full MWE here? I'm not quite sure what the suggestions entails.
    – Sverre
    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:24
  • I have tried and it does not work.
    – Guuk
    Oct 28, 2017 at 18:26
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    @Audrey’s suggestion works perfectly well, but for some reason copy&pasting the code results in zero-width spaces at random positions, which breaks the code. You have to remove the zero-width spaces or just retype the code. Nov 29, 2017 at 14:38
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    Name format 'first-last' deprecated. Use the following instead: \newrobustcmd*{\citefirstlastauthor}{\AtNextCite{\DeclareNameAlias{labelname}{given-family}}\citeauthor}
    – mrclrchtr
    Feb 26, 2019 at 9:57

You can define your own cite commands, like this commands, which will print all names in full;


that you can use it like \citeauthor*{Gladwell2005} (be sure to use the starred version).


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    Isn't there any simpler way? A predefined command perhaps, which can achieve this? It should exist, because some bibliography styles can print the full author's name. Jun 5, 2012 at 21:00
  • I only get the last name, like Gladwell, when trying this one. With and without the starred version.
    – Magne
    Nov 21, 2019 at 16:02
  • According to the biblatex doc that should already be pre-defined (added in 2013) or do I read that wrong? (Does not work in my case though.)
    – rugk
    Jun 11, 2020 at 10:45

Here's how I did it:

\nocite{reid1806analysis} Thomas Reid (1806, p.~91) pointed out the same problem
and reprimanded Aristotle severely for this and other errors.

Yes, this introduces redundancy and a chance of error if I change the Reid citation. But it generates the correct output, it required no debugging of LaTeX/BibTeX arcana, and I have a Ph.D. to finish.

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    I, too, have a Ph.D. to finish. So why am I leaving this comment? Anyway, I'd think the following would be a little better: Thomas \citet[91]{reid1806analysis} pointed out...
    – DHW
    May 10, 2018 at 0:10
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    I hope you guys finished your PhD. If not yet, good luck!
    – hola
    Nov 28, 2020 at 17:02
  • Thanks for the kind words, @hola! I'm just now finishing up the research and will soon be diving back into TeX…
    – Ben Kovitz
    Nov 29, 2020 at 13:03
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    @BenKovitz Good luck, pal. There are multiple errors in my thesis (the PDF looks normal though), was scratching my head over this. Then I found your comment, "I have a Ph.D. to finish". I shrugged, and decided to ignore those.
    – hola
    Nov 29, 2020 at 16:13

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