Pluralizing a last name
I never paid much attention to the part in English where you pluralized last names since my maiden name ended with an "r". I now have the last name of Stokes. How do I pluralize it for customization of stuff? Like if I wanted my family name on a door mat...should it read "The Stokes'", "The Stokeses", "The Stokes's", or "The Stokes". I have avoided it thus far by simply put "The Stokes Family" on everything. I can't get away with it much longer!
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Re: Pluralizing a last name
The Smith family (Adjective: What kind of family?)
Originally Posted by Unregistered
The Smiths (Plural Noun e.g., We are the Smiths.)
The Smith's (Possessive Noun e.g., This is the Smith's car.)
The Stokes family (Adjective: What kind of family?)
The Stokes (Plural Noun e.g., We are the Stokes.)
The Stokes' (Possessive Noun e.g., This is the Stokes' car.)
Note, since "Stokes" already ends in -s, don't add another -s when you want to make it plural or possessive. For the possessive, just add an apostrophe, like this, Stockes', pronounced Stokes[Iz].
Use the plural noun Stockes for your doormat.
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