|Last letter(s) of last name||What should you add to make it plural?||Does it need an apostrophe?|
|a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h (see exceptions below), i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y||-s||NO|
|s, x, z, ch, sh||-es||
From an article by Kate Brannen Smith (see original article HERE)
Q: What if my last name ends in a "y"?
A: Add an "s." Do not add "ies" or an apostrophe. Merry Christmas from the Murphys.
Q: What if my last name already ends in an "s"?
A: Add "es." Do not add an apostrophe. Season's greetings from the Simmonses.
Q: What if the end of my last name normally functions as an irregular noun?
A: It is not irregular when it is part of a last name. Happy holidays from the Hoffmans. Warm wishes from the Wolfs.
Q: What would adding an apostrophe do?
A: It would
hurt Tiny Tim make your last name possessive.
Q: Is there ever a reason to add an apostrophe?
A: Only if you want to make your last name possessive.
Q: Why do people add apostrophes?
A: I have no idea.
If your goal is to make your last name possessive, then, by all means, use an apostrophe. If your goal is simply pluralization, however, forgo the apostrophe.