How to Pluralize Family Names

Quick Tip: Pluralize Family Names

Mignon Fogarty,
December 10, 2010

The Joneses, the Alvarezes, and the Kennedys

I know the holidays are upon us when I start getting lots of questions about how to make family names plural. Clearly, everyone is working on greeting cards.

Add "es" to make names that end in "s" and "z" plural:

  • The Joneses invite you to dinner.

  • Season's greetings from the Alvarezes.

Add "s" to make names that end in "y" plural: 

  • The Kennedys throw a great holiday party.

Never use an apostrophe to make a name plural! Apostrophes are for possessives.

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