Here’s How to Make Your Last Name Plural for Christmas Cards
‘Tis the season to struggle with the rule about how to make your last name plural as you send out your family Christmas cards. It’s easier than you think.
So you’ve made your Christmas card list and you’ve checked it twice. And now it’s time to fill them out and make sure that you make your last name plural so you include your entire family in the sending of Season’s Greetings!
The first lesson I want to make sure you always remember is a simple one:
You don’t use the apostrophe.
The apostrophe doesn’t make names plural. Ever.
It indicates a possessive. So If your last name is Jones, please, please don’t sign the card, “The Jones‘” before you send it.
That will just never do.
The rules are fairly simple.
SimpleMost breaks it down this way: if your last name ends with one of the following, you just add an -es at the end:
If it ends with any other letter, you just add an -s at the end.
With this rule, given the last name I used in the example above, Jones, you’d just add -es to make the Joneses.
So some common plural last names, given this rule, would be written like this:
It’s simple enough when you think about it, and you’ll note there’s no apostrophe to be found.
But there’s one little catch.
Just when you thought it was settled, Elizabeth O’Brien’s Grammar Revolution throws a wrench into that simplicity with one key exception: if your name ends with -ch but is pronounced like a k, like Monarch, then you just add an -s, not -es.
All things considered, even this complication isn’t all that complicated, is it?
Now an even bigger question: