The Monogramming Shop

Monogrammed Baby Gifts History

Monogramming History

Historically, a monogram was used as a royal signature. Romans and Greeks used them on coins to identify their rulers. Then, in the Middle Ages, artisans began to use them to sign their work.

As far back as the 18th c. it became common to mark linens with the initials of their owner, largely in order to identify them as laundering was a collective, communal task. It was not uncommon for whole villages to participate all at once in the laundering of their linens. These initials were often embroidered in red.

During the Victorian period upper class families adapted the monogram for personal use as a symbol of their place in society, believing that monogram letters marked on their linens, silver and other household goods was a sign of prestige.

In the Victorian era, rules for monograms were quite simple and few. Monograms had the first initial on the left, middle initial on the right, and last initial embroidered larger in the middle.

We still love this tradition and hope you will love starting your own family tradition and making heirlooms for your baby!