The monogram is one of the oldest personal identifiers. We see them in books, documents, and wall hangings. They represent an individuals, couples, and families. In some areas, they are the traditional gift given at weddings and house warmings.
In the past, we’ve seen them sewn into towels, pillow cases, and bathrobes. These are nice, but modern design takes the monogram in a less formal direction.
Monograms are wildly popular in jewelry and wall art. Retailers are offering the monogram in large, chunky art; marquees; and drinkware.
Let’s unlock the mystery of the monogram. Exactly what order do the initials go? What is the monogram if you are single? What if there are multiple last names? What if you keep your maiden name? The monogram, a simple set of letters, follows a simple set of guidelines.
Single Person Monogram
A single individual uses the first, middle, last, or combination of initials.
A – First name L – Last name ALP – First Last Middle
Married Couple Monogram
This one is a bit different. It is a combination of two names that signifies the unification of two people. Usually, the order is first name + last name + first name. The wife’s first name typically goes first.
D – Last name RDN – Wife’s first, Common last, Husband’s first
Different Last Names
There’s a solution for this complicated combination. Rather than trying the three letter monogram, go for the two letter option.
P | R – Last name and Last name PR – Last names P&R – Last names
Two Word Last Names
Two word last names may seem tricky to monogram, but the solution is simple. The answer is to use both last name initials in a double or triple letter monogram. For example, De Witt or Lopez Perez uses both last names initials in the monogram.
DW – Last name initials RDW – First initial, Last name initials D | W – Last name initials
Monograms are a fun way to incorporate personality into your home decor. They are fun on the walls, pillows, and doors. Create monograms on stemware with a few items from the craft store to add that extra detail to your home. Have fun adding your monogram to you living space.