Monogram Etiquette

Monogramming rules can be confusing. In order to help you understand monogram etiquette, we’ve broken down traditional rules into these easy to follow guidelines.

The Basic Styles of Monogramming

Although there are many different fonts to choose from, there are only a few


basic styles of monogramming, as shown here:

3 Initials, Center Larger (First, Last, Middle)

Single Initial (First or Last)3 Initials, Same Size (First, Middle, Last)


When purchasing a monogrammed gift, the initial placement varies, depending on who you are giving the gift to. Selecting the correct order of their initials is of utmost importance. To help you figure out what goes where, here are a few general guidelines to make it easier:


Monogramming a Gift for a Couple

The correct monogram order for a couple is:

MG21. Woman’s first name initial

2. Couple’s last name initial, shown larger in the center

3. Man’s first name initial

So Jane & Paul Morgan would be shown as above. Be sure to choose a monogram style that will complement the couple’s taste. Ask yourself what suits them…modern, traditional, or whimsical?


Monogramming a Gift for a Woman

A monogrammed gift for a woman includes her first, middle and last initial. They are placed in this order:

1. First name initialMG3

2. Last name initial, shown larger in the center

3. Middle name initial

If her name is Nancy Jane Rhinehart, placement would be as shown here.


JMA Monogramming a Gift for a Man

As it is for a woman, it is also correct to put a man’s last name initial larger in the center. However, for men’s gifts, it is very important to consider the shape of the item to be
monogrammed when choosing the order of the initials. You might use the above style on items such as cufflinks, key rings, and glassware.



But many people prefer to use the same size initials on personal items such as briefcases, luggage, shirt pockets, and cuffs. This style places his initials in the order of first name, middle name, last name.

So if his name is Thomas Wayne Boyle, it would be shown like it is here.


ARJ Monogramming a Gift for Kids

Children often receive monogrammed gifts when they’re born and when they’re older to MG6commemorate special occasions, like birthdays and holidays. The same monogramming rules apply for kids as for adults. Gifts for small children, both boys and girls traditionally follow the first, last, and middle initial order.

When ordering a gift for a child, it is important to remember their age and their use for the item when choosing a monogram style and font. An elegant script may look wonderful on a christening gown, but a simpler type font may be best for items like backpacks and bathrobes.