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Monogramming Etiquette

A monogram is a decorative motif consisting of a person’s initials. Usually it is a variation of a first, middle, and last name. A monogram can express the identity of an individual, or a couple, and it is also a great way to identify personal possessions.
Knowing the correct etiquette for monogramming helps to avoid any social faux-pas! However, we encourage you to have fun by choosing a design and combination of initials that truly speaks to you.

  

Essential Monogramming Guidelines

Single Initials:  In this case, one letter represents a last name, or a first name.

  
Example: Elizabeth Boyd
 

Example:  Helen Jones
  
Two Initials:  This indicates a combination of a first name and last name of an individual. Two initials can also be used for a same-sex couple, using both surnames, or both first names.

Example: Jane Sullivan, or John Smith

    

Example: Richard Smith and Kevin Hammond

 

Three Initials (Large Center Initial):  The first name is on the left, the last name is in the center, and middle initial is on the right.

Example: Kyle Benjamin Simms

  

Three Initials (Large Last Initial):  In this case the first name is on the left, the middle name is in the center, and last name is on the right.

Example:  Daniel Robert Thompson

  

Three Initials (All Letters Same Size):  In this case the first name is on the left, the middle name is in the center, and last name is on the right.

Example:  David Matthew Jones

  

Joint Monogram for a Married Couple (Marriage Monogram):  The Wife’s first name is on the left, joint last name in the center, and the Husband’s first name is on the right. Remember the adage, "Ladies First."

Example:  Belinda & George Samuels

    

For a Single/Unmarried Woman:  The first name is on the left, the maiden name is the large letter in the center, and the middle name is on the right. A woman’s maiden initials are always appropriate to use, even after she is married.

Example: Penelope Sarah Harris

   

For a Married Woman: Traditionally a married woman uses her maiden name, and her married last name. In this case, her first name is on the left, married last name in the center, and maiden name on the right.

Example: Louisa Hughes-Sullivan

   

Full Name Monograms:  These are most often used for infants and children. The first initial is usually capitalized, and the rest are lower case.

 

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