How Do You Write A Family Name?

How do you pluralize a family name?

The plurals of last names are just like the plurals of most nouns.

They typically get formed by adding -s.

Except, that is, if the name already ends in s or z.

Then the plural is formed by adding -es..

How do you make a family possessive?

When we refer to a house that belongs to a family, we say “family’s house”. Pluralizing family gives us “families”. Referring to the houses of several families, we say “families’ houses”. Forming the plural possessive in such a case is rather simple.

Is it the Smith’s house or the Smiths house?

Unlike singular possessives, which take an apostrophe followed by an S, plural possessives take an apostrophe alone. So if you’re going to the home of the Smiths, you’re going to the Smiths’ house.

What is the apostrophe in a name called?

Answer and Explanation: An apostrophe that follows a name is usually called “Saxon genitive,” since historically, this is one of the noun declensions that still…

Is it Williams or Williams’s?

The Associated Press Stylebook recommends just an apostrophe: It’s Tennessee Williams’ best play. But most other authorities endorse ‘s: Williams’s. Williams’s means “belonging to Williams.” It is not the plural form of Williams. People’s names become plural the way most other words do.

Do you Apostrophe a last name?

Unless you want to make your last name possessive, there aren’t any circumstances where you would need to add an apostrophe. The rule goes like this: If your name ends in s, x, z, ch, or sh, add -es to the end. Walsh becomes Walshes, and Malkovich becomes Malkoviches.

Is it Jones or Jones’s?

The Joneses is correct because it indicates more than one member of the family. The Jones’s indicates possession, as in the Jones’s home. Simply add an s to the end of your last name to indicate the message is coming from more than one family member. If your name ends in s or z, as in Jones or Juarez, add es.

Do you use an apostrophe when referring to a family name?

To show possession of a whole family: First, add -es or -s to write the family’s last name in plural form. Then, add an apostrophe at the end to show possession. Right: Pip belongs to the Joneses. Pip is the Joneses’ cat.

Is it James or James’s?

Commentary: both James’ birthday and James’s birthday are grammatically correct. Remember: it’s up to you! Use the version which best matches how you would pronounce it. Use James’s if you pronounce it “Jamesiz”, but use James’ if you pronounce it “James”.

Is it Chris’s or Chris?

Which is correct, Chris’s chair or Chris’ chair? James’s car or James’ car? Actually, both ways are correct. If a proper name ends with an s, you can add just the apostrophe or an apostrophe and an s.

How do you refer to a family by last name?

Make Your Family Name Plural For most names, add an -s to make them plural. For names that end in ch, s, sh, x, and z, add -es to make them plural.

Do I use an apostrophe in a name?

Using Possessive Apostrophes. Use an apostrophe to indicate ownership by a proper noun. An apostrophe with an “s” after a proper noun indicates that the person, place or thing owns whatever noun follows his or her name. For example, “Mary’s lemons.” We know the lemons belong to Mary because of the ‘s.

Where do you put the apostrophe in a last name?

Don’t use an apostrophe to make your last name plural. Apostrophes can be used to show possession—à la the Smiths’ house or Tim Johnson’s pad— but they don’t indicate there’s more than one person in your family.

Is it the Smiths or the Smith’s?

The Smiths is plural for “Smith” and means there is more than one person named Smith and the invitation is from them all. When in doubt, we like to use “The Smith Family”. The Smith’s (with an apostrophe before the s) is the possessive of “Smith” and indicates one person ownership.