Symbol Name: IHS, Monogram of Jesus Christ Represents: Jesus Symbol History: The 'IHS' symbol is taken from the first three letters of Jesus's name is Greek: IHSOUS. The monogram is often mistakingly interpreted as an acronym for "Jesous Hominum Salvatore", or Jesus, the Savior of men. Though the symbol dates back to the third century, it's popularity as a symbol for Jesus spread because of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Bernadine of Siena in the fifteenth century. Later, St. Ignatius of Loyola used the symbol in the seal for the Society of Jesus. Artistic renditions abound for this monogram. The usage of a cross in the place of the "I" became common in eighteenth and nineteenth century gravestones.