Plural of Proper Nouns
GENERAL RULE We form the plural of proper nouns by adding s or es to the singular.
(1) We add "s" when the singular noun does not end in s.
(2) We add es, when the singular noun does end in s.
(Examples of singular nouns that do not end in s.)
EX. The Lytons have returned from vacation.
EX. The Palmers have rented a car.
EX. The Bishops have sold their house.
EX.The Shaws have bought a used car.
(Examples of singular nouns that end in s.)
EX. The Cummings will give a speech this evening.
EX. The Burgesses have rented their house.
EX. The Knoxes are going to the fight tonight.
EX. The Ritzes are having a barbecue.
EX. The Bdlowses are holding a party.
RULE (a) When a proper noun is preceded by a title, we can apply the plural either to the title or to both the title and the noun: The Misses Brown or The Miss Browns.
Although one may refer to the Miss Browns in conversation, you should address them in a formal letter as "Misses Brown."
(b) When a numeral precedes the title, make the name plural: The two Miss Browns; The two Mrs. Browns; The two Dr. Smiths.
NOTE In the case of two or more young ladies who are members of the same family, you should refer to the eldest daughter as "Miss Brown," and refer to the other daughters as "Miss Mary" or "Miss Janes," as the case may require.
(c) When the title refers to several names, make the title plural (in most cases).
EX. People in attendance were: Mr. Jones, Smith, Wilkins, and Grey, and Misses Black, White, and Grey; Drs. Adams, Smith, and Anderson.
EX. The Misses Scott are in the backyard.
EX. The Misses Frost are at the beach.
EX. The two Miss Georges are on vacation.
EX. Those present were Drs. Conrad, Palmer, Simmons, and Roberts.
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