I have a little problem with my bibliography's order. I want the biblatex package to sort the references alphabetically by the First name of each author and then by their Last Name.

Here is my code sorting by Last Name:


Please help me to configure this so it sorts by First Name then Last Name.

  • For Example if i have this refernces : A. Einstein .... A. Camus .... I. Newton ... M. Levy .... Then the sort in my bibliography will be like this : [1] A. Camus ... [2] A. Einstein ... [3] I. Newton ... [4] M. Levy ...
    – Red One
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 14:49
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    I don't think any such option exists. Why on earth do you want this? Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 14:54
  • Well Why not ^^ ? But if it's not possible then I will keep my previous sort.
    – Red One
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 15:14
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    @RedOne Are you really sure this is a good idea? I have two concerns (at least for the Western Hemisphere, may be different for other cultures): 1) besides the immediate family and circle of friends people are much more likely to know the last name of a person and might not know the first name - thus they will probably search for a last name in the bibliography. 2) As this is a very uncommon way to sort, people will probably not expect this sorting and be confused. Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 16:05
  • You are right, but I wanted to have a complete oredering in my Bibliography, I wanted to have the sort form A to the letter Z, I didn't want to have for example : [1] A. Einstein ... [2] C. Berge ... [3] V. Hugo ... [4] B. Pascal ... It's a little bit confusing, But I'll keep the Last name sorting I guess.
    – Red One
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 17:26

1 Answer 1


With Biber you can use


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=authoryear]{biblatex}




example bibliography

This will not work with BibTeX, though, as the name format there is not fully customisable.

The order will probably confuse your readers to no end, but it works.

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    Well, I learned something today. I don't think I'll ever use it, though. Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 15:44
  • But since there's no number in the references [1] , [2] , ... I can't use this code in this case, but I will certainly use it in others memoirs.
    – Red One
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 17:28
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    @RedOne I don't quite get what you mean. You can certainly also use this together with style=numeric.
    – moewe
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 17:54
  • It works with the numeric style also, I just try it, and it does what I want, Thanks.
    – Red One
    Commented Jun 6, 2017 at 19:56

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