'Sort by last name' not working in Address Book

In Address book, the 'sort' function (under preferences-General) does not work for half my contacts (all people rather than companies). This does not work for 'by first name', nor 'by last name'. This random list appears at the top of address book, followed by properly sorted entries.
Curiously, the most recently inputted entries do sort properly, as do all company entries.
On MobileMe, everything sorts properly
On my iPhone address book, the same problem, except the random unsorted list now appears after the properly sorted entries (under the category #)
Is there any reason why this is happening, and any fix for this?

Curiously, the most recently inputted entries do sort properly, as do all company entries.
Does that mean "most recently inputted" AFTER you upgraded to Snow Leopard?
If that is true, it would mean that something about your existing records before the upgrade, for the records that are people contacts (with first and last names) instead of business contacts, do not agree with Snow Leopard and/or Snow Leopard's version of Address Book.
This may not be feasible, but if you exported the records with this problems and then imported them, maybe they will be re-inputted so that are properly sorted.
If you use Time Machine, maybe you can use the +flying through space+ interface to restore one of the records with this problem to see if the restore process makes the record sort properly.

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