Why doesn't the command \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first} order the name of editors to last name-first name?

Look at the following MWE.



  hyphenation = {german},
  author = {Cicero, Marcus Tullius},
  editor = {Blank-Sangmeister, Ursula},
  translator = {Blank-Sangmeister, Ursula},
  afterword = {Thraede, Klaus},
  indextitle = {De natura deorum},
  title = {De natura deorum. {\"U}ber das Wesen der G{\"o}tter},
  shorttitle = {De natura deorum},
  language = {langlatin and langgerman},
  publisher = {Reclam},
  location = {Stuttgart},
  date = {1995},
  annotation = {A bilingual edition of Cicero's \emph{De natura deorum}, with
    a German translation. Note the format of the \texttt{language} field in
    the database file, the concatenation of the \texttt{editor} and
    \texttt{translator} fields, and the \texttt{afterword} field}

  keywords = {primary},
  hyphenation = {british},
  author = {Aristotle},
  editor = {Hicks, Robert Drew},
  title = {De Anima},
  publisher = cup,
  location = {Cambridge},
  date = {1907},
  annotation = {A \texttt{book} entry with an \texttt{author} and an






Is there another command that I can use for this?


1 Answer 1


The sorting order and some other useful setups of biblatex are done in the file biblatex.def. There you can find the lines:


Based on the lines you see that the editor uses the name format default which is set up as:


So the easiest way is to use:

  • 3
    last-first and first-last have been deprecated in favor of family-given and given-family. Jul 1, 2020 at 9:29

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