Say my last name is Soloniewicz and I'm writing a holiday card. Is it:

  1. Happy holidays from the Soloniewicz's
  2. Happy holidays from the Soloniewiczs
  3. Happy holidays from the Soloniewiczes

I'm leaning towards the number three, but looking for input.

  • Happy holidays from the number three? ;-) – Mark Hubbard Dec 7 '15 at 4:00
  • I guess my brain skipped a beat! – slowBear Dec 7 '15 at 17:43
  • "Wesołych świąt z Soloniewiczów"? – Spencer May 18 '17 at 23:09

Definitely not option 1 (as an apostrophe does not belong here). Option 3 is closest to what one would actually say, so of the choices, is the one to choose. But still, it's an awkward word, so it's worth considering an alternative, such as—

Happy holidays from the Soloniewicz family.

  • Right on, thanks bud. I knew option 1 was out but thought I would throw it out there anyways. I recommended an alternative to avoid it, but they're stubborn and really wanted to figure it out. I think they'll go with option three. Thanks for your feedback. – slowBear Dec 7 '15 at 4:16
  • No probs. Glad I could help. :-) Just had a look at the Chicago manual, and basically -s and -es are options, but I think visually -es is clearer in this case. Anything already ending in -s or -z looks a bit awkward with another -s bolted straight on. – ralph.m Dec 7 '15 at 4:30

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