season is rapidly upon us, I thought a refresher would be in order as it’s been
four years since my last post on monograms.
Most any item
can have a monogram embroidered on it. Most often, it is towels, napkins, or
personal items. Monograms Made Easy
focused on traditional rules for standard single-person and married-couple
monograms. Here are some of the more non-traditional rules.
Note: This is just a guide. Today’s
etiquette is much more lax than that of centuries past so you are apt to find
numerous suggestions for the same situation.
Surnames with Prefixes De, as in De
Beer or St. as in St. James:
Drop the De
or St. Single monogram would be B.
Married couple Carrie and Hugh De Beer would be C B H.
Same-sex Partners/Married Woman
Keeping Maiden Name:
For same-sex partners,
or married couples where the woman kept her maiden name, both first initials of
partners' last names are used together as the surname (middle initial of the
monogram). If JLH and WES were same-sex partners, their monograms would be
either of the following:
HS as a single
monogram or JHSW as a couple
Debbie Henry-Kuhns would be D K
as Jr., IV, etc, are traditionally left off of monograms.
MacKenzie as a first name or McDonald as a last name, just use the M. Susan Rae
McDonald would be S M R.
Here are some
wonderful monograms to get you started:
Fleur de Lis
Font and Monogram
even more designs here.