How do you make the last name Woods plural possessive? example: a friend of the Woods (2 people) I assume it is Woodses, but have been "corrected" by someone.
As in, "The Woodses' friend," a phrase which is excruciating to say aloud.
There does seem to be a fair amount of confusion on the subject, but it seems like the "rules" are fairly straightforward. The general idea is that names follow the same patterns (of pluralization and possession) as any other noun, with the exception that names ending in y are not made plural with ies (i.e. Kennedys, not Kennedies).
Here's what Merriam-Webster says about it:
The plurals of last names are just like the plurals of most nouns. They typically get formed by adding -s. Except, that is, if the name already ends in s or z. Then the plural is formed by adding -es...If you want to talk about something that belongs to more than one member of a family, you start with the plural form and add an apostrophe to show possession:
- the Smiths' car
- a party at the Fernandezes' house
- the Daleys' driveway