Partner first name and last name

This module was written to extend the functionality of contacts to support having separate last name and first name.


You can configure some common name patterns for the inverse function in Settings > Configuration > General settings:

  • Lastname Firstname: For example 'Anderson Robert'
  • Lastname, Firstname: For example 'Anderson, Robert'
  • Firstname Lastname: For example 'Robert Anderson'

After applying the changes, you can recalculate all partners name clicking "Recalculate names" button. Note: This process could take so much time depending how many partners there are in database.

You can use _get_inverse_name method to get lastname and firstname from a simple string and also _get_computed_name to get a name form the lastname and firstname. These methods can be overridden to change the format specified above.


The field name becomes a stored function field concatenating the last name and the first name. This avoids breaking compatibility with other modules.

Users should fulfill manually the separate fields for last name and first name, but in case you edit just the name field in some unexpected module, there is an inverse function that tries to split that automatically. It assumes that you write the name in format configured ("Lastname Firstname", by default), but it could lead to wrong splitting (because it's just blindly trying to guess what you meant), so you better specify it manually.

For the same reason, after installing, previous names for contacts will stay in the name field, and the first time you edit any of them you will be asked to supply the last name and first name (just once per contact).

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Known issues / Roadmap

Patterns for the inverse function are configurable only at system level. Maybe this configuration could depend on partner language, country or company, as discussed at this OCA issue

Bug Tracker

Bugs are tracked on GitHub Issues. In case of trouble, please check there if your issue has already been reported. If you spotted it first, help us smashing it by providing a detailed and welcomed feedback here.




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Splits don't work
Nicolas de Moreau
on 12/14/15, 6:14 AM

de Moreau Nicolas is stored as firstname: Moreau Nicolas, lastname: de

Useful and well written
Leonardo Donelli
on 5/12/15, 11:34 AM

A nice example of community module. Well written: small atomic functions for easier inheritance, PEP8 compliant, test cases. First time I've ever saw the `_set_default_value_on_column` function, so the authors really know Odoo internals. Good job.

Install 2
Yucca One
on 3/2/16, 10:54 AM

Re, I found : - put your module in addons directory - go to user settings > enable technical features - logout - login - in settings, refresh module list - search your module and install Thanks

Yucca One
on 3/2/16, 3:14 AM

Hi, In Odoo 8, how can I install it ? I put unzip folder in addons, but I can't retrieve it in modules : so, what can I do more ? Thanks