I was raised in the South, and even though I live in Utah now, I still appreciate some of the traditions and customs of the South. Monograms have been around for centuries and are used all over the world, but I particularly noticed how popular they were while living in Texas and Tennessee.
Monograms are made by overlapping or combining two or more letters to form one symbol. A series of uncombined initials is technically called a cypher, but a lot of people still refer to it as a monogram. Couples frequently use monograms when they get married and combine their new initials. Two letter monograms consist of the couple’s entwined intials. Three letter monograms for a couple consist of the middle (and larger letter) being the new combined last name with each individual letter of the first name on either side.
An individual’s monogram consists of the initial of the individual’s last name at a larger scale while the first name initial appears to the left of it and the initial of the middle name appears on the right.
Monograms can be used on stationery, luggage, clothing, linens, hardware and so forth. Lately I’ve been using a wax seal on my holiday cards and loving the results.
Here are some inspirational images of monograms: