What is a monogram? A monogram tells a story. It suggests who we are or want to be, puts forth our views on marriage, tradition, and individual identity not to mention
the wonderful things it does for linens, stationery and silverware.
A monogram consists of a person's initials — usually a variation on the first,
middle, and last name—and much has been written about proper monogram etiquette. Here are some of the basics!
Single Letter Monograms
Traditionally, single-letter monograms represent the surname (i.e., last name). That goes for both men and unmarried women. Often, modern single-letter monograms for young unmarried women will feature the first letter of their first names.
Traditional, three-letter Victorian monograms are the variety we use most often today. Letter arrangement depends on marital status and letter sizes within the monogram.
Same Size Letters - Single men and single women use the first letters of their first, middle and last name, in that order.
Large Surname Letter in Middle - Single men and single women would use the first letters of their first, last and middle names, in that order. The surname is always the centered, largest font.
For Married Couples, the surname initial goes in the middle, and the individual’s first initials go on either side.
There are two schools of thought here: One is that the wife’s first initial is on the left of the surname initial and the husband’s first initial is on the right, as in ladies go first (below left). This style is often used on linens. The other, more traditional, view is that the husband’s first initial is first and the wife’s first initial is last, as in Mr. and Mrs. (below right). This style was traditionally used on glasses and tableware.