Brief History of Monograms

Embroidered MonogramTypically, when you hear the word “monogram” you think of an item that has been embroidered or carved with someone’s initials. Little attention is given to the historical meaning and origins behind the monogram itself.

Monograms appeared on Greek and Roman coins as far back as 350 B.C. Some of the earliest examples were of coins bearing the initials of the Greek cities who issued them. It was not uncommon for artists and craftsmen to use monograms on their paintings and sculptures as signatures identifying their work.

In the middle Ages, monograms took on royal significance. Monarchs used monograms as royal signatures, identifying organizations connected to the rulers by placing their “stamp” on such things as police badges, coins or any item they wished to be recognized as belonging to royalty.

Individual monograms were often very fancy or ornamental, often used in family crests, on clothing and stationary. These monograms typically consisted of three letters with the first initial of the person's name  on the left, the initial of their last name in larger print in the middle and then the initial of their middle name printed to the right of it.

Today you can find monograms almost everywhere: on hotel towels, stationery, pens, bags and clothing. Monograms remain a very aristocratic, “high class” embellishment. No doubt your friends and family would welcome a personalized gift with their monogrammed initials. Whether you want monograms or some other form of unique embroidered design, the Stichin’ Chicks can do it!