Commonly thought of as a modern, southern decoration, monograms actually have a long history and a more general usage. What exactly is a monogram? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Eleventh Edition, a monogram is a “sign of identity composed of the combined initials of a name.” Personalization and monograms have been used all throughout history and are very similar, as both are cute, decorative ways to show ownership on an item.
Monograms go as far back as 350 B.C., where we see the first two initials of cities’ names engraved on Greek coins. Since then, monograms have made an appearance in the Middle Ages, the sixth century, eighth century, and a massive comeback in the seventeenth century. Popular still today, monogrammed bags, hats, purses, shirts, and skirts are rapidly climbing the fashion ladder, for it’s a growing trend that we are starting to see everywhere.