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we have the last name of gitch. what is the correct way to ...

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we have the last name of gitch. what is the correct way to plural it, gitch's or gitches
Submitted: 9 years ago.
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Expert:  The Geezer replied 9 years ago.
The accepted way to pluralize a family name is XXXXX XXXXX an "s" or an "es", depending on the last letter of the last name.

My best wishes, then, to the Gitches.

"...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...."

"...When a proper noun ends in an "s" with a hard "z" sound, we don't add any ending to form the plural: "The Chambers are coming to dinner" (not the Chamberses); "The Hodges used to live here" (not the Hodgeses). There are exceptions even to this: we say "The Joneses are coming over," and we'd probably write "The Stevenses are coming, too." A modest proposal: women whose last names end in "s" (pronounced "z") should marry and take the names of men whose last names do not end with that sound, and eventually this problem will disappear...."

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