What order do initials go in a monogram
As a commercial embroider and monogrammer we hear this question a lot! The order of letters for a monogram can depend on many things. Over the years a monogramming etiquette has been developed to help with the format and order of the initials. This has unfortunately caused some confusion understanding the order of initials and what initial goes in the middle for a monogram. Our guide is designed to give you a quick reference for how monograms go along with the correct order. We hope our guide will provide you with a quick reference point and answer all of your questions.
When giving a personalized items as a gift there are a few things you may want to consider.
First: What is their actual given name. This may seem easy on first though but many people use nicknames or accepted abbreviations such as Bob instead of Robert or Will instead of William.
Second: Women once married could choose their maiden name for professional reasons and their married names in a more relaxed setting or a casual use item.
Third: Some women may also choose to use their middle name instead of their maiden name after marriage. If you are unsure ask a friend or family member for guidance.
Personalized Gifts for Children
Its always wise to be aware of where and how a gift will be used such as in the home or in public. Adding too much information such as a first name to an item that could be used in the absence of an adult is something you may want to think about. An example of this is adding a first name to a lunch box or backpack. In this situation the use of initials is a great alternative. Another consideration is the age and sex of the child along with the occasion. An example could be a baptism where a more elaborate font is used instead of a birthday where a more festive font would normally be chosen. Generally the order of initials is the same as single adults however as a boy ages the order traditionally changes. An example of this would be Jack Howard Stone as a child this would normally be JSH however as he ages this changes to JHS. We suggest to our customers the change in order occurs once the child becomes a teenager.
Monogram Order for a Single Man
The monogram for a single man is very simple with a few minor changes based on preference or font chosen. First is just as the name is written out Jack Grayson Hill JGH an alternative is moving the sir name to the middle and making it larger JHG. One other accepted alternative is simply using the last name initial. H
Monogram Order for Single Woman
The order of initials for single women is exactly that of a single man.First is just as the name is written out Julia Devon Roberts JDR an alternative is moving the last name to the middle and making it larger JRD. Another common alternative is simply using the last name initial. In this case R.
Order of Initials for a Married Couple
The traditional order of initials once a couple are married are grooms first initial then the surname of the couple and the brides first initial. EXP Julia Devon Hills & Jack Grayson Hills would be.
In recent years there has been a shift from the traditional to one with the women's initial being first. This is an option depending on the individual and can be seen as a more informal or casual method over the traditional order Julia Devon Hills & Jack Grayson Hills would look like.
Order of Initials for a Married Woman
Once a woman is married there are a few options depending on if she chooses to use her maiden or middle name. Following tradition many women choose to replace their middle name with that of their maiden name once married. Julia Devon Roberts & Jack Grayson Hills would look like this.
Woman Keeps Middle Name Initial
Some women keep their middle name instead of their maiden name. One reason could be their middle name was also their mothers or grandmothers or it represents a special person in their life.This is an example using the wife's middle name Julia Devon Roberts & Jack Grayson Hills.
Order of Initials for a Married Same Sex Couple
The etiquette normally followed here is a combination of either a couples first or last names. George Redmond & Frank Castle or Lilly Fredrick & June Deavers
There is also another common option to combine both first and last names into a four letter monogram. George Redmond & Frank Castle or Lilly Fredrick & June Deavers
Monogramming an item is a personal choice. Our guide is meant for those who are looking for the generally accepted etiquette when monogramming a gift. For the individual the order of initials or names used is a personal choice. There really is no right way or wrong way to monogramming an item for yourself, with so many options and fonts available have some fun after all its just for you.