Question: How do you form the plural of a proper noun that ends in y like Murphy? Should you change the name to Murphies as in I visited the Murphies yesterday?
Answer: No. Never change the spelling of a name to show the plural form.
Example: I visited the Murphys yesterday.
Question: How do you show possession for a name that ends in y?
Answer: To show singular possession, use the apostrophe and then the s.
Example: I petted Mrs. Murphy’s cat.
To show plural possession, always make the noun plural first, then use the apostrophe.
Example: I petted the Murphys’ cat.
Example: I visited the Murphys’ store on Main Street.
More information on apostrophes with names can be found in our post Apostrophes with Names Ending in s, ch, or z.
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at 10:01 am10 Comments on Apostrophes with Names Ending in y