It’s almost Christmas! What’s a great gift, if it’s not customised self-inking stamps right? But, you’re not really sure if you have the correct information and format? Worried if you’ve input the wrong plural form for your last name? Worry no more!

We’re here to help and guide you get the accurate form for your personalised rubber stamps. Also, to clear up the confusion on pluralisation and possession. But first, what is pluralisation? It’s the changing of the form of the word, usually adding a suffix (-s, -es, ‘s) to change its function concerning grammar completely.  

If you plan to buy rubber stamps with the plural form of your last name on it, or for any other text you want for that matter, you have to ensure that you’ve got the right format. This blog will walk you through the common mistakes made and a guide on the proper use of plurals of your last name on your personalised stamps. Without further ado, let’s head on to the guide.


Here’s a guideline of making the correct way to pluralise your last name on your custom self-inking stamps.

Common mistakes that are sometimes overlooked and made on the text incorporated of your custom self-inking stamps are 1) the wrong use of the apostrophe and 2) the improper use of the texts’ plural forms. You should be paying great attention to the grammar of your text, especially if it’s referring to your last name, to ease the hassle of buying several personalised stamps because of a mishap on grammar. Let’s say, you want to buy rubber stamps where the text includes your family’s last name, say for example, ‘Smith’- it’s not “Smith’s” or “Smithes”, there’s no need to add an apostrophe or -es for that. If you’re making reference to the whole of your family, the right way to make it plural is just to add -s. It’s also the same for other cases. Keep on reading to know more about the other plural forms and what to look at.


Fitting the text by the letter it ends with

Avoiding major grammar mistakes is the most important thing you have to remember on the plurals of your personalised inking stamps. You want to avoid more cost, so it’s better to learn how to address the labels on your custom self-inking stamps adequately.

It’s actually pretty simple to make a word into its plural form. You just have to remember the words which end in these letters: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, ch (hard, “k”), i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, t, u, v, w, y, z – are added -s for their plural forms. A great example would be on the last names Robb, wherein its plural form will be Robbs, Berg in its plural form will be Bergs, Bryant in its plural form will be Bryants. Although, the last name Loch is turned into Lochs on its plural form, because the letters ‘ch’ is pronounced ‘k’, so on and so forth. But there are some exceptions to this guide.

The exceptions are last names that end in s, x, z, sh, and ch, are added -es on their plural forms. For instance, the last name Moore turns into Moores in its plural form, Cox will be Coxes in its plural form, and Roach is turned into Roaches in its plural form, and so forth.


Appropriate use of the apostrophe

If you want to show the possession of plurals on the word, or in this case the last names, you use the apostrophe. They’re used to indicate possession. Let’s use the example of the last name Smith again, Mr and Mrs Smith want to buy rubber stamps to use as an embellishment as well as a mark for their Christmas cards. On its own, the last name Smith is non-possessive, as it refers to anyone that can be a Smith. But if you’re indicating that you’re referring to not just one person, but the whole family, remember that you don’t have to use the apostrophe, in this case, you just have to add an -s to the end of the last name, and it becomes “The Smiths”.

Not all instances require you to add an apostrophe and -s, it’s really tricky, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll quickly recognise when not to use or use the apostrophe. Just keep a keen eye to what you’re referring to, to avoid confusion.

When you’re showing possession of the last name that ends in: o, x, y, z, ch, and sh- add an apostrophe (‘) and s to the end. This is because you’re exhibiting possession to something, such as “Cortez’s House”, “Fox’s House”, or “Marsh’s House”, it shows the last names possession to the word “House”. For last names ending in ‘s’, however, you can just add an apostrophe (‘) to the end.


Final Thoughts

Above are just some of the examples as to how the proper way of pluralising your last name or any text and tips to help you get it done. It’s on you, however, to apply the appropriate way of using the right format. It’s a good way to innovate as an emboss on your cards, now that Holiday’s season is just around the corner! How about you, have you correctly used the right format and information for your custom self-inking stamp? Ready to get yours?