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Family Name Pluralization

What is the plural of Santa Claus? It would be Santa Clauses, right? I started with Santa Claus' but that's obviously not correct.

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    Santae Clausen? – JeffSahol Nov 11 '11 at 14:46
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    Santas Claus? Fathers Christmas? – Hugo Nov 11 '11 at 15:53
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    There is only one Santa Claus. The simulacra you see at malls everywhere are impostors, who promise toys but don't deliver. I know this from bitter experience. – Robusto Nov 11 '11 at 17:13
  • @Robusto - May I disagree? My local shopping mall always hires three Santa Clauses to work different shifts over the Christmas period. – user16269 Aug 8 '12 at 11:49
  • This question is not a duplicate of the linked one; the "Claus" in "Santa Claus" did not originate as a surname, even if some English speakers have re-parsed it as one. Therefore, it's not clear if rules for surname pluralization should apply in this case. – herisson Oct 1 '15 at 0:48

The plural of Santa Claus is Santa Clauses. See this guide on unusual plurals for example.

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    But that's the same as the plural of 'Santa clause'. – Barrie England Nov 11 '11 at 15:14
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    I was thinking of a heading or a title - or speech. – Barrie England Nov 11 '11 at 15:18
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    @BarrieEngland, why does that matter in this particular case? (Stones and Stones can be a tittle of an article about angry fans throwing stones at Rolling Stones) – Unreason Nov 11 '11 at 15:49
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    @Unreason: I don't think it does matter. I was being gerish. – Barrie England Nov 11 '11 at 15:55

Santa Clauses. Since Santa Claus is a proper noun, it's capitalized, thus differentiating it from Santa clauses, which is maybe where you're getting confused. Other than that, it's up to your discretion to make the distinction. That's the English language for you...

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