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    How do I pluralize my last name?

    Okay, dumb question and you'd think that I would have figured this out years ago, but...our last name ends in a "z". I always thought that to pluralize our last name, it would be ***zes, right? What would it be in Spanish? Los ***z or Los ***zes?

    How about plural? 's or no?
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    In any event that we sent out an invitation, family card etc... we wouldn't pluralize it.

    Example: La Familia Hernandez
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    Sr. Samuel Hernandez y Familia
    Samuel y Gloria Hernandez y hijos

    Just some example, as we didn't like how it sounded los Hernandezes
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    Here is what I found:

    When a family name (a proper noun) is pluralized, we almost always simply add an "s." So we go to visit the Smiths, the Kennedys, the Grays, etc.When a family name ends in s, x, ch, sh, or z, however, we form the plural by added -es, as in the Marches, the Joneses, the Maddoxes, the Bushes, the Rodriguezes. Do not form a family name plural by using an apostrophe; that device is reserved for creating possessive forms.

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    in spanish, family names stay in the singular when referring to the whole family i.e. los garcia, los hernandez, los medina, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profesora View Post
    in spanish, family names stay in the singular when referring to the whole family i.e. los garcia, los hernandez, los medina, etc.
    In Spanish, you don't make the names plural. At least I've NEVER heard it that way. The examples profesora gave were the way I've always heard it.

    And even though in English they do make the names plural, I still think "The Jones Family" sounds better than "The Joneses". Just my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profesora View Post
    in spanish, family names stay in the singular when referring to the whole family i.e. los garcia, los hernandez, los medina, etc.
    Sip. We say "Los Cruz" where referencing to our family.
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    Thanks, guys - very informative.

    Quote Originally Posted by epm View Post
    How about plural? 's or no?
    I actually meant to type possessive, not plural, in this line. Any thoughts on possessive? I get conflicting info when I google, so I was hoping I could hear what you all do.

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    Well, I think that you would say "La casa de Los Cruz" as opposed to saying "The Cruzes House" as we would in English. Like "Son los zapatos de Emily" as opposed to "Those are Emily's shoes"

    Right? lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emi View Post
    Sip. We say "Los Cruz" where referencing to our family.
    We do the same.....Los Perez or Familia Perez
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    Hmmm... if you're talking about Spanish, there is no possessive 's. If you're talking English, you can find it written both way in English grammar. I've always been taught to delete the final s of plural forms when words end in s, x, or z. So, you would write "We went to the Hernandez' house last night" Anyway, this is what my Little Ren Hen Primer that got me through college says! (But I'm as old as that book, so....)

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