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'.

 

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