Unusual Plural

My school uses an alligator as a mascot.  His name is Navi (pronounced Nav-ee) the navigator.  

We frequently use his name in the plural as we have various versions of his image.  How should we make his name plural? 

Navis

Navies

Please...anything but an unconventional use of the apostrophe.

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Hi, there!!

Names—pluralizing

There are really just two rules to remember, whether you’re pluralizing a given (first) name or a surname (last name):

  • If the name ends in s, sh, ch, x or z, add es.
  • In every other case, add s.

Similarly, there are two fundamental no-no’s:

  • Never change a y to ies when pluralizing a name; and
  • Never, ever use apostrophes!

Examples:

Incorrect:

  • The Flaherty’s live here.
  • The Flaherties live here.

Correct:

  • The Flahertys live here.
  • Sandra’s two favorite boyfriends are Charleses.
  • There are seven Joneses in Stuart’s little black book—three of them Jennifers.
  • The Hopkinses are coming over for dinner tonight.

Source: http://web.mit.edu/comdor/edit...e-matters/names.html

Heather W. posted:

My school uses an alligator as a mascot.  His name is Navi (pronounced Nav-ee) the navigator.  

We frequently use his name in the plural as we have various versions of his image.  How should we make his name plural? 

Navis

Navies

Please...anything but an unconventional use of the apostrophe.

Hi, GrammarCrazed,

Great to see you on the new platform, GrammarCrazed. It has been a long time since I last saw your great comments here. I'm very happy to see you here again.

Hi, Heather W,

I completely agree with GrammarCrazed. The plural of 'Navi' is 'Navis'. You can see the word 'Nazis' on LDOCE as the plural form of 'Nazi', which is close in its written form- and not in its meaning- to 'Navi'.

 

Heather,

I apologize for taking so long to respond here.  I agree with everything GrammarCrazed says here.  An apostrophe with "s" can only be used for possessives or contractions of "is" or "has":

Navi's been missing for a while, hasn't he?

I agree with what Ahmed says about Nazis, but not for the same reason.  Even with common nouns ending with "i", the plural is almost always made with the addition of a simple "s"; hence "skis", "khakis", and "taxis" (although I've seen some sources that say that "taxies" is also accepted in BrE; I've never actually seen it used).  The "-ies" suffix is generally only used if the singular ends in a "y"; hence "navies" is the plural of "navy", not "Navi".

There is an exception made for names of people, as with GrammarCrazed's example "Flahertys".  However, this does not apply to other proper nouns.  "Nazi", "Tory", and "Wobbly" are all proper nouns, referring ot members of political parties, and their respective plurals are "Nazis", "Tories", and "Wobblies".  Also, in 1815, the Kingdom of Naples united with the Kingdom of Sicily to form the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and before their reunification in 1990, it was correct to refer to East and West Germany collectively as the two Germanies.

We have a highly respected member on this forum whose name is also Navi.  I'm surprised he hasn't weighed in on this.

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