Your guide to monogram etiquette

The Monogram Guide

What is a Monogram?

A monogram is a design consisting of two or more combined or interlaced initials - usually a first, middle, and last name. Adding a monogram is the perfect way to make something more special, thoughtful, and unique. This guide features real-life examples for the most common monogramming questions, so you can learn how to create the perfect monogram! But remember although these are the more "traditional monogram rules," there are no right or wrong ways to create monograms. Most of the time, it depends on the person reciveing the gift. Focus on fitting the design to their personality, and you can't go wrong!

Individual Monogram

There are many ways to do a personal monogram but the most common ways are to do either a two-letter monogram (first & last) or a three letter monogram (first, middle, & last)

3 Letter Monograms

This traditional monogram style contains the first name, middle or maiden name, and the last name. With the last name initial being being represented larger in the center.

2 letter Monograms

For an individual monogram, this style is used to represent the first name and the last name. This style of monogram is also popular for double names.

Single letter

Single letter monograms can be used to represent a first name, last name, or a favored nickname. These types of initials can be very basic or elegant and swirly depending on preference.

men's Monograms

Men's monogram tend to be pretty straight forward. With the two most popular stlyes being a stacked monogram and a straight across monogram. In a stacked monogram the first and middle name are stacked on the left and the last name is represented large on the right. While a straight monogram has the first name, middle name, and last name in a in order all the same size.

Couple Monograms

The most memorable gifts are the ones that become family heirlooms. Commemorate special moments and celebrate engagements, weddings, and anniversaries with a monogrammed gift they with treasure for a lifetime.

3 Letter Monograms

This traditional style of monogram is simple and timeless. The Bride's first initial comes first, followed by the married last name, and then the husbands first initial.

2 Letter Monograms

A popular monogram for couples, this style of monogram contains the first initials of both first names intertwined.

Children & Babies

Monograms for children under the age of two are very flexible and interchangable. These tend to be chosen depending on the preferences of the parents.


For little boys under the age of two, monograms can be done in any style you wish. However 2 and up is traditionally where the total switch to a first, middle, last monogram layout occurs. A stacked monogram with the last name on the side is the single most common style we do for boys of any age.


Monogram Ettiquette for little girls is the smae as for adult women. However the designs tend to be a little more cutesy.

Custom Monograms

Over time simple monograms have made way for more elaborate designs - hand-lettering and illustration can breathe life into any set of letters. Or add a frame or accent design to any monogram to add elegance and flair.