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How Your Name and Birth Date Reveal Personality Traits

Updated on April 17, 2016
Numerology: What your name and birthday reveal about your personality.
Numerology: What your name and birthday reveal about your personality.

The Nature of Numbers

In the study of numbers, or numerology, each digit one through nine has been found to have certain characteristics. Your name and the day you were born tell volumes about the type of person you are inclined to be. A few quick calculations can reveal the two numbers that hold sway over your personality, and what advantages and pitfalls you are likely to encounter over the course of your life.

In numerology, two numbers in particular are considered master numbers—11 and 22. If you can calculate either of these numbers from your name or birth date, your personality has the potential for greatness or a deep sense of being unfulfilled.

Below are instructions for how to calculate your destiny number and your life path number from your name and birth date, respectively, followed by an explanation for what each number means.

How Your Name Influences Your Personality: Your Destiny Number

Have you noticed that you tend to date men named Alex? Or have you ever noticed a trend in acquaintances of the same name? Your name can be used to reveal aspects of your personality. Every letter of your name corresponds with a number, which can be used to calculate your destiny number that reveals your way of life, personality, and career path. The numbers reveal what type of person you are and what you can do to improve your life by working to your strengths and avoiding your weaknesses.

The art of analyzing names, or onomatology, was invented in the early twentieth century. The New York Times quotes the discoverer of onomatology, M. de Rochetal, on the subject:

"It's the given name that gives me the key to a man's qualities and defects," said the professor, stroking his beard. "A Julius is wholly unlike a Leo. A Julia always differs from a Mary. An Alice—ah, beware of an Alice, Monsieur! . . . Twenty years have I devoted to this great science, this science that I have discovered, onomatology."

I go into a detailed explanation of onomatology in a separate article, but will go over the basics here. Every letter in your name corresponds with a number, as shown in the table below:

Onomatology Letter to Number Conversion Table

Corresponding Number
Letters A-I
Letters J-R
Letters S-Z
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
 

How to Use Your Name to Calculate Your Destiny Number

Using this chart, follow these steps to learn how your name influences your personality:

  1. Take the sum of the numbers that correspond with the letters in your first name.
    e.g. Elle = 5 + 3 + 3+ 5 = 16
  2. Then add together the digits in the resulting sum until you get a single-digit answer.
    e.g. 16 → 1 + 6 = 7
  3. Repeat the process with your last name.
    e.g. Byam = 2 + 7 + 1 + 4 = 14 → 1 + 4 = 5
  4. Lastly, add the resulting numbers from your first and last name. If needed, add together the digits in the sum until you get a single-digit answer or one of the master numbers, 11 or 22.
    e.g. 7 + 5 = 12 → 1 + 2 = 3

This single digit number is your destiny number. Scroll down to "What Do These Numbers Mean?" to see what your destiny number has to say about you.

How Your Birth Date Can Predict Your Traits: Your Life Path Number

Another important number, your life path number, is derived from your birth date. Numerology and astrology geeks will tell you that they are able to describe who you are based on your birth date. The process for calculating your life path number is very similar to that used in getting your destiny number.

How to Use Your Birth Date to Calculate Your Life Path Number

  1. Write down your birth month, date, and year numerically.
    e.g. March 24, 1950 = 03/24/1950
  2. Add together all of the numbers in your birth date.
    e.g. 03/24/1950 → 0 + 3 + 2 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 5 + 0 = 24
  3. Add together the digits in the resulting sum until you get a single-digit answer or the number 11 or 22.
    e.g. 24 → 2 + 4 = 6

The resulting number is your life path number. This will work in tandem with your destiny number, showing a different side to your personality. Read "What Do These Numbers Mean" to interpret your life path number.

What Do These Numbers Mean? The Short Answer: Summary of Number Meanings

Number
Positives
Negatives
1
Motivated, attentive to details, ambitious, self-confident, pioneering, independent
Aggressive, self-centered
2
Cooperative, modest, hard-working, empathetic, diplomatic
Overly sensitive, uncertain, shy
3
Artistic, entertaining, imaginative, social, inspiring, expressive, joyful
Superficial, scattered
4
Organized, practical, technical, honest, steady-minded
Stubborn, inflexible
5
Adaptable, personable, flexible, visionary, adventurous
Impatient, unorganized, overcommitted
6
Just, considerate, giving, nurturing, protective, responsible, balanced, empathetic
Self-sacrificing, interfering
7
Thoughtful, contemplative, rational, analytical, aware, understanding, studious
Introverted, critical
8
Efficient, well-planned, achieving, status-oriented, practical, power-seeking
Over-ambitious, materialistic
9
Caring, sensitive, creative, giving, humanitarian, selfless, creative
Withdrawn, not open with one's self or others
11
Inventive, intuitive, visionary
Emotional, unsatisfied
22
Successful, spiritual, controlled, powerful
Controlling, insensitive

What Do These Numbers Mean? The Long Answer: In-Depth Explanation of Number Meanings

The chart above helps summarize the main characteristics of people associated with each number. However, no one can be boiled down to a few adjectives. Find your numbers in the list below to learn more about your potential strengths and weaknesses.

The Number One

In numerology, the number one signals independence.
In numerology, the number one signals independence.

The number one is blessed with a clear sense of purpose. When a one puts his or her mind to something, nothing can get in the way. Ones have the potential for great leadership if they can channel their single-minded energies, but they can have difficulties being empathetic.

The Number Two

The number two correlates with a considerate nature.
The number two correlates with a considerate nature.

Twos show strengths in many of the areas where ones are weak. They know how to work with people, and can often solve an impasse by finding a common goal between all parties. Twos can usually see both sides of the issue, and therefore can either be a great problem-solver or very indecisive.

The Number Three

People associated with the number three tend to be more social.
People associated with the number three tend to be more social.

With their sparkling wit and social, inventive personalities, threes are meant to be the life of the party. They are very artistic, a gift that can express itself by honing almost any profession into an art. They gain energy from the people and the world around them, which can sometimes result in a lack of direction. Because they connect so well with many people, it can be difficult to form a deep connection with a three.

The Number Four

According to numerology, people associated with the number four tend to be practical.
According to numerology, people associated with the number four tend to be practical.

The Number Four

Fours are dependable and grounded in all of the ways threes are not. Fours' steady personalities dispose them to follow conclusions through to the end—fours are especially common in religious and scientific professions. While the personality of fours are generally practical, they don't like contradictions and can be stubborn in sticking to their principles.

The Number Five

The number five is associated with visionary natures.
The number five is associated with visionary natures.

Fives are adventurous, free-spirited, and dynamic. They often find it hard to stay in one place or role for a long time. Because they are quick to adapt, they can find success despite their many life changes. However, that success may be difficult and time-consuming, because a four often finds him or herself playing catch-up or becoming spread thin. To be happy, they need to find a position in life that they feel preserves their personal freedoms.

The Number Six

If a person's name or birth date can be used to calculate the number six, it indicates that he or she is responsible.
If a person's name or birth date can be used to calculate the number six, it indicates that he or she is responsible.

Sixes are marked by their nurturing nature. They want to take care of the world around them, which lends them both a sense of justice and a sense of righteousness. Sixes often find themselves in humanitarian roles. However, they must be careful to keep their protective natures in check, or else they may become overly controlling or self-sacrificing.

The Number Seven

The number seven is visionary in nature.
The number seven is visionary in nature.

Sevens are marked by their intellectual natures. They are always in pursuit of what is interesting or true. Sevens are very observant—some love to share their conclusions by engaging wholeheartedly in debate, while others are content to analyze from the sidelines. Their greatest weakness, predictably, is over-thinking.

The Number Eight

The number eight can be very ambitious.
The number eight can be very ambitious.

Eights, like ones, are often very financially successful. However, they are more practical than the single-minded ones. This practicality can lead to business success because it helps them to plan and prepare, but their materialism is often balanced by the question, "Is it worth it?"

The Number Nine

The number nine can be very selfless.
The number nine can be very selfless.

A nine always has an eye to the bigger picture. They are often giving because they see the interconnectedness of the world. They hold themselves to exacting standards, and when they see faults in society, they will dedicate themselves to fixing them. Because farsighted nines always have an eye one the horizon, it can sometimes be hard for them to connect with the here-and-now.

The Number Eleven

In numerology, 11 is one of the master numbers, signifying both leadership and intuition.
In numerology, 11 is one of the master numbers, signifying both leadership and intuition.

The number eleven is one of the master numbers. An eleven means that you share characteristics of both a one and a two—that you are both a driven leader and an intuitive person who understands all facets of a situation. This makes elevens well-equipped to lead in unexpected directions.

The Number Twenty-two

Twenty-two is also a master number according to numerology. It signals both vision and the ability to make that vision a reality.
Twenty-two is also a master number according to numerology. It signals both vision and the ability to make that vision a reality.

The number twenty-two shares characteristics of both two and four. Twenty-twos have both the vision and the practical nature to achieve it. With these qualities, they are capable of achieving great things. The combination of being committed and empathetic can result in a deep spirituality. However, when a twenty-two does not focus his or her energy in a positive way, the result can be controlling and insensitive.

Final Thoughts

People's birth dates and names exert an influence over their lives—being aware of your potential strengths and weaknesses can help you use your personality to your benefit. Best of luck on your journey to learn more about the world through numbers.

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      marry 2 weeks ago

      interesting

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      ARUNA 2 months ago

      NICE HAVE FUN

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      mimi skyy 2 months ago

      my name and dob ended at the same number

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      Work life

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      Jolly

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      pavithra 6 months ago

      It's interesting.........

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      heleena 17 months ago

      its really amazing.....

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      Fan 17 months ago

      10 is 1.

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      mujtaba soomro 17 months ago

      cancerian 28/6/1979 (premature) born 12:45 pm. mujtaba soomro

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      abdullahi mumin 18 months ago

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      Jennifer 2 years ago

      Very interesting ..! Awesome! Wow .no words to describe.i vote

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      Lonya 2 years ago

      I added up everything but i got 10.......no 10 is there!!!!!!!

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      Amadine 4 years ago

      I added everything up, and I got a 5. That's like the OPPOSITE of me! I LIKE things set out to be completed at certain times. I am NOT very adventurous. Versatile I'll agree with. And freedom. But not independence.

      "Freedom comes solely from Limitation."

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      Jade Myri 4 years ago

      Interesting, but I wonder if we are just effected by these horoscopes just because the mind wants to believe in something...

      Existentialism thoughts!

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      Kedar 4 years ago

      It was really honourable to read it!!!

      its awesome!!

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      ellebyam 5 years ago from North and South Poles

      Thank you medicaribbean. Appreciate the vote.

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      medicaribbean 5 years ago from Caribbean

      Very interesting. I must find some time to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voting up!

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      ellebyam 5 years ago from North and South Poles

      Thank you Vespa and Christy for your support and motivation. I am digging up more interesting topics to add to this series.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's interesting to see what these statistics say about us - I have not paid much attention before! I like your two hubs, it's an interesting series!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, more interesting facts on numerology! Thank you...looking forward to more in the future.