For my memoir, I'm asked to use a specific style for my references. For example, for this entry (the most basic one)

  title = {La marine soviétique},
  author = {Huan, Claude},
  date = {2002},
  publisher = {Marines Editions},
  langid = {french},

I should have something looking like this

HUAN (Claude), The soviet navy, Marines Editions, 2002.

I'm using the verbose-trad3 style with a few changes already (found them online), but I have no idea how to put the first name of the author between parentheses and the family name first.

My header for references is looking like this for the moment:

\usepackage[backend=biber, citestyle=verbose-trad3]{biblatex}
\renewcommand{\newunitpunct}[0]{, }
\DefineBibliographyStrings{french}{in = {dans}}

Which gives me this:

Claude HUAN, The soviet navy, Marines Editions, 2002.

So the author name is my last problem, I can't find how to deal with the first name and the last name separately.

I tried the solution suggested here How to reverse name and first name? but the result is adding commas between the two parts …

1 Answer 1


Modifying alphabetic biblabels with biblatex and Same parenthesis for nameprefix and first initial are related, but were written for older biblatex versions.

If you only need to wrap the given name in round brackets, I suggest you first change the name format to family-given, you can then remove the comma between family and given name by redefining \revsdnamepunct, finally we wrap the given name in parentheses by setting \mkbibnamegiven.

We also redefine the bibmacro responsible for full citations and tell it not to change the name format.

Note that I changed from citestyle=verbose-trad3, which is equivalent to bibname=numeric, citestyle=verbose-trad3, to the more homogeneous style=verbose-trad3,. In particular the numbers generated in the bibliography with only citestyle=verbose-trad3 did not correspond to anything else in your document.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=verbose-trad3]{biblatex}


\DefineBibliographyStrings{french}{in = {dans}}





Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson}


"Sigfridsson (Emma) et Ryde (Ulf)" family names in small caps

  • Thank you very much ! I think I'm starting to understand how this is supposed to work
    – Froid
    May 18 at 11:16

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