Making the plural form of a proper name can be challenge without this information. Use it to be spot-on, and be able to handle someone else’s name with the greatest of respect (by getting its plural form correct!).
|Last letter(s) of last name||What to add to make it plural?||Does it need an apostrophe?|
|a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h (see exceptions below), i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y||-s||NO|
|s, x, z, ch, sh||-es||NO|
For last names that end in –y, add “s.” Do not add “ies” or an apostrophe.
Example: The Cantys will join us for dinner.
For last names that end in –s, add “es.” Do not add an apostrophe.
Example: The Atkinses went on vacation
For last names that end with what may seem like irregular nouns, they are not treated like irregular nouns when they are part of a last name.
Example: The Glickmans had dinner with the Wolfs (NOT the Glickmen and the Wolves).
Apostrophes are NOT used to make last names plural, but can be used to make them possessive.
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