The Numerology of Names: Another baby-naming tool
Translating your name into numbers can reveal more information than you might have thought possible. The Expression Number does just that— it reveals your strengths and weaknesses and is just one aspect of mystical numerology that could be rather useful for expectant parents and name enthusiasts.
Using modern numerology based on the assertion by Pythagoras that all things can be expressed numerically, the Expression Number is obtained by adding your first, middle, and last name as written on your birth certificate. Each Expression Number describes a personality type and can possibly give you reassurance that you have found the name, or might be useful in narrowing down your ever-growing name list. Who doesn’t want to know if their child will be a leader, or the brains behind the operation?
Values of Each Letter
1– A, J, S
2– B, K, T
3– C, L, U
4– D, M, V
5– E, N, W
6– F, O, X
7– G, P, Y
8– H, Q, Z
9– I, R
Let’s do an example using A Song of Ice and Fire author, George R. R. Martin. HBO’s Game of Thrones is widely talked about, and his double ‘R’ middle names are quite intriguing. Remember to always reduce the values of each name to a single digit and to use every name that was recorded on the birth certificate.
If you ever encounter an 11 or 22 in your calculations like G.R.R.M.’s Expression Number, do not reduce it, for they have their own meanings separate from 2 and 4 and are often called “Master Numbers.” They are no more special than any other number; however, in numerology’s spiritual philosophy, they are considered elevated. There is a lot of power associated with these numbers, but, as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility.
Now, what does each number mean? What is the hidden information? Below you will find general associations for each number. For a better understanding of each personality type, I highly suggest reading these interpretations. http://www.decoz.com/Do_reading_numerology-02.htm
1– leader, independent, original, courageous, stubborn, controlling, self-centered, critical
2– mediator, diplomatic, cooperative, open-minded, intuitive, pushover, vulnerable
3– communicator, optimistic, inspiring, creative, unfocused, undisciplined
4– doer/worker, organized, dedicated, methodical, narrow-minded, workaholic, stubborn
5– free spirit, visionary, charming, adaptable, critical, haughty, unorganized, undisciplined
6– teacher/social worker, community-oriented, nurturing/loving, artistic, creative, argumentative, self-righteous
7– philosopher/genius, analytical, studious, rebellious, moody, non-communicative, fearful, reclusive
8– manager/executive, commanding, efficient, organized, domineering, oppressive, stubborn
9– humanitarian, polite, charming, idealistic, arrogant, egotistical, hot-tempered
11– counselor/prophet, intuitive, sensitive, empathetic, unrealistic, self-effacing, nervous
22– dreamer, spiritual, high-minded, powerful, nervous, high strung, dominating
To further explore the accuracy of the Expression Number, I like to calculate Expression Numbers for writers or physicists or actors. Just for fun, here is a short list of famous people and their Expression Numbers. And yes, I put Miley Cyrus in a list with Carl Sagan and Leonardo da Vinci. Probably the only time you’ll ever see that!
Miley can’t escape the fact that her birth name is Destiny. Since every number is considered significant in numerology, your first name’s numeric value is important. It is a part of you and the equation, after all. Take a look at the top 10 names in the United States and a couple Nameberry favorites with their respective numeric values.
Whether you believe in numerology’s mystical aspects or not, I do hope this is at least a fun, new way of looking at names. Please share your own Expression Number in the comments. It will be interesting to see what the most common number is in this diverse Nameberry community.
Currently based in the Bay Area, Madelyn is a California native with two stores on etsy called Eustace Eucalyptus and Bertram Bergamot. You can follower her on Instagram (http://instagram.com/bertrambergamot) and twitter (https://twitter.com/BertramBergamot).”
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on May 7th, 2014 at 5:45 am
Mine is 5, which I don’t think “fits” me at all, but I am pleased to know that I have the same as Carl Sagan!
on May 7th, 2014 at 9:27 am
This is interesting, I have never seen the meaning behind the numerology, or how to figure the number out. Thanks for sharing! One question – if the first name totals 11 do I not consolidate it? or continue consolidating it to get to a single digit for the entire name but also review the meaning behind 11?
on May 7th, 2014 at 10:34 am
@shomes- Thanks for sharing! Did you read the longer interpretations provided via the link? Sometimes I find that people who do not like their name- first, middle, or last- often feel their expression number does not accurately describe them. I suggest double checking your equation to be sure you reduced your names correctly– I make errors all the time. If you’re still a five, it is pretty cool to have Carl Sagan as a fellow 5!
@gwensmom- If the first name is an 11, leave it as an 11. For example, if your name is April Marie Smith, the equation for the Expression Number would be 11+1+6=18=9. There are other aspects of numerology that take the first name into account like the Heart’s Desire value. I would review the meaning behind the 11, but the Expression Number holds more weight than the first name’s numeric value.
Oh! And I’m a 2, by the way, which is eerily accurate.
on May 7th, 2014 at 1:24 pm
I’m a 1, which kind of fits me (only in my “good” days haha). Very curious to know that I have the same number of Miley Cyrus AND Van Gogh – I wonder what does that say about me, lol.
on May 7th, 2014 at 2:40 pm
I’m a 6, which I thought was funny as I am a teacher and an artist (not an art teacher though, haha). Although I am far from argumentative, I actually hate arguments.
Each one of my names also came out to the same number, which I thought was weird.
on May 7th, 2014 at 6:27 pm
How do you reduce the numbers?
on May 7th, 2014 at 7:19 pm
@LavenderBelle- How interesting to have so many 2s! I wonder if you have other 2s in your chart.
@EmmaF- Single digits, 1-9, are not reduced. If you encounter double digits you reduce them to a single digit, except for 11 and 22. For example, 16 is reduced to 7 since 1+6=7 and 20 is reduced to 2.
on May 8th, 2014 at 3:58 am
I’m a 22! Oooh! A little intimidating to find that out. Interesting too, to check the other calculations on the site you linked – the Heart’s Desire, the Personality, etc.
Now I’m calculating my short lists – this is a great task for late pregnancy insomnia 🙂
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on May 8th, 2014 at 7:36 am
Cure for pregnancy insomnia — love that, @Surpriseme! If not a cure, at least an occupation….
on May 8th, 2014 at 10:38 am
@surpriseme- I think 22 is intimidating too! My Life Path, or Destiny Number is a 22. I’m glad these calculations are keeping you occupied. I find it to be rather addictive– I have pieces of scrap paper all over my office covered in calculations. My husband is going to think I’ve lost my mind. 🙂
on May 8th, 2014 at 11:57 am
My number is 1. Eh, it kind of fits me, but not really.
on May 8th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
I got an 8 which is the only one on the entire list I can’t connect with at all.
I think Numerology just died for me 😛
I am curious about the values for non-English letters, I have one of those (Å), so I just translated it to two a’s, but maybe that was the wrong thing to do? And do the values change for names with accents and such? (Zoe vs. Zoë)
on May 8th, 2014 at 4:17 pm
@dearest- As far as I know, values do not change for accents. And, unless there are two As on your birth certificate, you should do your calculation as one A not two. Maybe modern numerology is not the appropriate system for your name. There are many different numerological systems including the Abjad, Armenian, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and more!
on May 8th, 2014 at 4:33 pm
That’s very interesting!
With one A, I ended up with 7 instead which is mostly appropriate 🙂
I’ll have a look around and see if I can find out what to do about foreign letters…. The first letter of my name can be written two ways, either as Å or as AA. Å is my first initial, my surname starts with AA, pronounced with the exact same sound. I figured they would be interchangeable in numerology as well?
Thanks a lot for your swift reply!
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