Can children be named after English nouns?

Nouns that are only used in the plural

The plural nouns

In English there are nouns that are only used in the plural. These include the following words:

1. Pair words

nounExample sentence
JeansWhere are my Jeans? (Where's my jeans?)
glassesShe has lost her glasses. (She lost her glasses)
scissorsthesis scissors don't cut well. (These scissors don't cut well.)

If you want to emphasize that e.g. a few Bought jeans, they say:

  • I have bought a pair of jeans.

At two pairs would it be:

  • I have bought two pairs of jeans.

further nouns: binoculars, headphones, pajamas, scales, shorts, tights, trousers

2. Nouns that do not exist in English in the singular (generic terms)

nounExample sentence
cattletimes cattle are called bulls. (Male cattle are called bulls.)
clothesHe bought some new clothes yesterday. (He bought some clothes yesterday.)
stairs *The children ran down the stairs. (The children ran down the stairs.)
wagesThe wages are paid on the last day of the month. (The wages are paid on the last day of the month.)
people **Three people were killed in the car crash last Friday evening. (Three people were killed in the car crash last Friday night.)
policeLook! The police are coming. (Look! The police are just coming.)

* The word stair means in German (stairs) step.

** The word people can also mean people, then it can also be used in the singular:

  • They are a friendly people. (They are a friendly people.)
  • The native peoples of Africa often have black skins. (The native peoples of Africa often have black skin.)

3. Certain nationalities

The following nationalities (without -s) are used in the plural:

  • the Dutch
  • the British
  • the English
  • the French
  • the Spanish
  • the Welsh

The singular of the English would be e.g. the Englishman.