15th Century  

According to history, the usage of name cards started or originated from China; they used visiting cards in the 15th century. The card was said to be used to announce or signifying the formal visitation and departure of the royal family. It was also used to proclaim the cardholder's intention to pay a visit to a person or a household. 

They'd drop the visiting card at the house or address of the people to be visited. After this, the intending visitor will wait to allow the resident of that house to determine whether they welcome or reject the visitor visits. 

17th Century 

Things changed gradually in the 17th century, the Era of visiting cards in China was gone. We can say that the evolutions of modern-day name cards go back to Europe and France, where a card known as a trading card was first used during the reign of Louis XIV. 

During his reign, these trade cards were first used by the elites in France and Europe during the 17th century. The card was used to announce the impending arrival or departure of the aristocrats or prosperous people to their visiting places.  

This invitation card printing was also used for different purposes, such as self-introduction, sending congratulatory or condolence messages to friends, family, relations, and any other person.