Mary Richardson wrote the following email to the Rensselaer Co. mailing
list. It presents an interesting way to be clear about surname
plurals. I thought it was worth passing it on to this mailing list.
Thanks, Cliff. I shared your comments with my fellow list
administrators. One of them responded that he uses the same
convention that I use to clarify surname plurals:
"I do appreciate the apostrophe issue though, and although not a
grammar freak, I do like to avoid ambiguity where possible. That's
where an often used genealogy (how many folk spell that incorrectly?)
convention has a big advantage - the use of capital letters for
family names. One of my names is CUMMING, and there is the similar,
but nowadays distinct family of CUMMINGS. I can simply use CUMMINGs
to denote the plural and be fairly confident to not be misinterpreted."