personname — The personal name of an individual.


personname ::=


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

No additional attributes.


The personname identifies the personal name of an individual.

Processing expectations

May be formatted inline or as a displayed block, depending on context.


Common attributes and common linking attributes.

any attribute

Any attribute in any other explicit namespace


These elements contain personname: address, attribution, author, biblioentry, bibliomixed, bibliomset, biblioset, bridgehead, caption (db.html.caption), citation, citetitle, classsynopsisinfo, collab, contrib, editor, emphasis (db.emphasis), entry, enumitemdescription, firstterm (db.firstterm), foreignphrase (db.foreignphrase), funcsynopsisinfo, glosssee, glossseealso, glossterm (db.glossterm), link, literallayout, member, meta (db.meta.content), olink, orgdiv, othercredit, para, person, phrase (db.phrase), primary, primaryie, programlisting, quote (db.quote), refdescriptor, refentrytitle, refname, refpurpose, remark, screen, secondary, secondaryie, see, seealso, seealsoie, seeie, seg, segtitle, simpara, subtitle, synopsis, synopsisinfo, td, term, termdef, tertiary, tertiaryie, th, title, titleabbrev, tocentry.


The following elements occur in personname: text, abbrev, acronym, alt, anchor, annotation, biblioref, coref, date, emphasis (db._emphasis), firstname, firstterm (db._firstterm), footnote, footnoteref, foreignphrase (db._foreignphrase), givenname, glossterm (db._glossterm), honorific, indexterm (db.indexterm.endofrange), indexterm (db.indexterm.singular), indexterm (db.indexterm.startofrange), inlinemediaobject, lineage, link, olink, othername, phrase (db._phrase), quote (db._quote), remark, replaceable, subscript, superscript, surname, trademark, wordasword, xref.

See Also

Related elements: author, authorgroup, collab, contrib, editor, othercredit, personblurb.


1 |<article xmlns=''>
  |<title>Example personname</title>
  |<para>Starting in DocBook 4.2, personal names, like
5 |<personname><firstname>Albert</firstname><surname>Einstein</surname></personname>
  |can be marked-up inline.</para>

Starting in DocBook 4.2, personal names, like Albert Einstein can be marked-up inline.