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Grammar Guide for Crafters: How to Make Names Plural in Craft Projects

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Today, we are going to have a quick refresher on how to make names plural in craft projects.

I see so many errors online in products for sale. Quite frankly, misspelled products are pretty embarrassing!

Grammar Guide for Crafters: How to Make Names Plural in Craft Projects -

How to Make a Last Name Plural

Q: When should you make names plural?
A: When you are talking about more than one person with the same last name.
How: In most cases, to make a name plural you add an S.

Examples: Johnson becomes Johnsons. Smith becomes Smiths. Hall becomes Halls.

Exceptions: To make names that end in S, X, Z, CH, or SH plural you add ES.
Examples: Hernandez becomes Hernandezes. Mitch becomes Mitches. Holmes becomes Holmeses.

Don’t forget: You never use an apostrophe when you are talking about more than one person with the same last name.

When to Use an Apostrophe

Q: When should you use an apostrophe?
A: An apostrophe shows possession, and is only used when you are referring to something that someone owns.
How: To show possession add ‘S. This is called a singular possessive.

Examples: Mrs. Schinagl’s house is beautiful. Mr. White’s car is blue. Ms. Patterson’s neighbor had a baby.

Exceptions: When a last name ends in S, you can either add ‘S or just an apostrophe (‘). Grammatically speaking, both are correct.
Examples: Pattersons: We ate at Mrs. Pattersons’s house or we ate at Mrs. Pattersons’ house. Sanders: We rode in Mr. Sanders’s car or we rode in Mr. Sanders’ car.

Q: What if you need to use a plural and an apostrophe in the same name?
A: First, make the name plural; then make it possessive. This is called plural possessive.

Example: When writing about the house of the Roberts family: We went to the Robertses’ house. First I made the name plural (Robertses) then I added an apostrophe to show that I was talking about their house.

Plural versus Singular Possessive versus Plural Possessive

Another example before you go:

Last name: Robinson.

The Robinsons invited us to a party at their house. (Only plural, refers to more than one person with the last name Robinson.)
We went to Mrs. Robinson’s house. (Singular possessive. Talking about a house owned by a person.)
We went to the Robinsons’ house. (Plural possessive. Talking about more than one Robinson and their house.)

It’s a Good Idea to Verify with the Customer

When creating personalized products for customers that have exceptions related to their names, it is always a good idea to ask specifically how they want their name to appear. For example, the Jones family may not want the name to read The Joneses. As an alternative, you can avoid the plural by using The Jones Family.

What About a Grammar Checker?

Need help with grammar or other proofreading in your craft business? I’ve got you covered in this article: How Crafters Can Use Free AI Tools as Grammar Checkers.

Myosha L Wilhite

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

OK What about "Jasmine's Mom" or "Kayla's Mom" Those should have an apostrophe right?


Friday 7th of December 2018

Correct. :)


Thursday 2nd of November 2017

Hi! Is this correct? Or those it need an apostrophe at the end? Thanks Christmas at The Crawford


Friday 3rd of November 2017

These are correct: "Christmas at the Crawfords" or "Christmas at the Crawford's House". Hope that helps!


Saturday 29th of April 2017

I am so glad you put this in writing with perfect examples. Most people don't apply the punctuation and grammar rules with names.


Sunday 30th of April 2017

Always happy to share to make small businesses better!


Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Hi, I love this, thanks for sharing. I struggle with this because customers want it a certain way even if it isn't grammatically correct. I just do what they ask and all is well - although sometimes it hurts to type it. Lol. :)


Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

That's my policy as well!

Kelly Wayment

Saturday 19th of December 2015

I love this! Improper plurals and apostrophes are among my pet peeves (grammar nerd, here). I can't stand seeing these used improperly in advertisements and in items for sale. Thank you for pointing it out so clearly. Too bad everyone can't read this and learn the rules. I'll pin it, just to do my part. ;)


Saturday 19th of December 2015

Thanks for sharing, Kelly! I'm a grammar freak, too! (Obviously!) :) Christine