# Bibliography First Name Sorting

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:

\usepackage[backend=bibtex,
%style=numeric,
bibencoding=ascii
style=alphabetic
]{biblatex}


• 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 Jun 6 '17 at 14:49
• I don't think any such option exists. Why on earth do you want this? – Ian Thompson Jun 6 '17 at 14:54
• Well Why not ^^ ? But if it's not possible then I will keep my previous sort. – Red One Jun 6 '17 at 15:14
• @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. – user36296 Jun 6 '17 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 Jun 6 '17 at 17:26

With Biber you can use

\documentclassarticle}

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

\DeclareSortingNamekeyScheme{
\keypart{
\namepart{given}
}
\keypart{
\namepart{prefix}
}
\keypart{
\namepart{family}
}
\keypart{
\namepart{suffix}
}
}

\DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{default}

\begin{document}
\cite{sigfridsson,worman,geer,cicero,nussbaum,knuth:ct:a}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


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.

• Well, I learned something today. I don't think I'll ever use it, though. – Ian Thompson Jun 6 '17 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 Jun 6 '17 at 17:28
• @RedOne I don't quite get what you mean. You can certainly also use this together with style=numeric. – moewe Jun 6 '17 at 17:54
• It works with the numeric style also, I just try it, and it does what I want, Thanks. – Red One Jun 6 '17 at 19:56