Numerology Name Meanings

Updated on July 8, 2016
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Christin is a metaphysical author and professional tarot expert with over 25 years of experience in the field.

Learn the Meaning of Your Name using Numerology.
Learn the Meaning of Your Name using Numerology. | Source

What Is Numerology?

Numerology is the practice of understanding the metaphysical meanings of numbers. Various forms of this ancient practice have been around throughout recorded history. It exists in almost every holy book ever written. The Bible, for example features many symbolic numbers. The number 40 is considered a number of wholeness and completion. You'll find this specific number referenced more than 130 times throughout both testaments. Some examples, Jesus spent 40 days in the Desert, the great flood lasted for 40 days and 40 nights and so forth. This is of course one of many symbolic numbers referenced in Biblical texts.

People have always been fascinated by numbers and associated them with different non-numeric meanings. The modern numerology most commonly used today in the west is Pythagorean numerology, which has its roots in ancient Greece (500 BC). Today, the concepts are still being expanded upon.

According to modern numerology, your name and date of birth can tell a lot about you including your natural strengths and weakness, your soul's destiny and even hidden talents.

For this article, I am going to show you how to calculate two of the more important name numbers - the Destiny Number and the Soul Urge.

So, are you ready to learn more about what your name has to say about you? Let's get started...

First Things First

First, we need to assign every letter of your name a numeric value. We do this by using the handy chart below. Write your full birth name across a sheet of paper. Beneath each letter write the corresponding number that goes with it.

The Pythagorean Numerology Chart
The Pythagorean Numerology Chart | Source

For my example, I will use a name we all know and recognize.

Name numerology for President Barack Obama
Name numerology for President Barack Obama | Source

First we add up the numbers of the first name: 2 + 1 + 9 + 1 + 3 + 2 = 18

Next we want to reduce down to a single digit: 1 + 8 = 9

Next we do the middle name: 8 + 3 + 1 + 1 + 5 + 9 + 5 = 32

then reduce: 3 + 2 = 5

Finally, the last name: 6 + 2 + 1 + 4 + 1 = 14

reduce again: 1 + 4 = 5

To get the number of the full name we add the 3 previous results 9 + 5 + 5 = 19

reduce 1 +9 = 10 and reduce again 1 + 0 = 1.

**The only time you don't reduce to a single digit in Numerology is when the result is a Master Number of 11, 22, or 33. **

Destiny Number

So, now we have our chart and have added up the full name. The full name gives us the Destiny aka the Expression number. This number describes the qualities inherent within you, what you are born with as a natural inclination that you can work to build upon. All numbers have positive traits, but when they are improperly balanced, they can also take on negative connotations. In that case, it would be important for each person to build up the positives and work to overcome any challenges represented.

So what does your destiny number say about you? Below is a very brief synopsis of the numbers and their base characteristics.

Destiny Number Meanings

Individualist, natural leader, independent, driven. Challenges: Egoism, Controlling
Peaceful, Compromising, Easy Going, Generous. Challenges: Too passive, Indecisive
Artistic, Expressive, Highly Social, Easy Going. Challenges: Overly Dramatic, Exaggeration/Bends Truth
Hard-working, Practical, Dependable, Structured. Challenges: Stubbornness, Rigidity
Freedom loving, Adventurous, Well-Traveled, Well-Rounded. Challenges: Impulsive, Reckless
Service, Family Honor, Generosity, Compassion. Challenges: Martyrdom, Critical
Seeker, Philosophical, Intelligent, Independent. Challenges: Aloof, Disconnected
Ambitious, Motivated, Energetic, Unstoppable. Challenges: Greed, Selfishness
Humanitarian, Service Minded, Altruistic, Idealism. Challenges: Judgmental, Easily Disappointed
Intuitive, Trustworthy, Imaginative, Charming. Challenges: Self-Centered, Apathy
Visionary, Spiritual, Proactive, Inspirational Challenges: Indecisive, Wavering
Natural Teacher, Healer, Comforter, Humanitarian. Challenges: No Major Challenges

In our example, President Obama's Destiny Number is a 1.

Individualist, natural leader, independent, driven. Challenges: Egoism, Controlling

Interesting that a president should have the destiny number of leadership no? :)


Soul Urge / Heart's Desire Number

Next we'll look at the Soul Urge aka the Heart's Desire number. This number's purpose is to show the authentic self, the true you that lies beneath your outward personality. It is a testament to the deeper individual.

This number is calculated using only the vowels of your full birth name.

So, using our example again we would go through each name adding up only the vowels.

  • For Barack we use only the two A's: 1 + 1 = 2
  • Hussein (UEI) 3 + 5 + 9 = 17 and we reduce: 1 + 7 = 8
  • Obama (OAA) 6 + 1 + 1 = 8
  • Next we add them up 2 + 8 + 8 = 18 and then reduce: 1 + 8 = 9

For our example the Soul Urge is a 9.

Soul Urge Number Meanings

Here are the soul urge numbers in a nutshell...

One: One who longs for independence with a strong desire for leadership and recognition. A desire for complete control over his/her destiny in life.

Two: Peacemakers who avoid conflict and long to bring tolerance and understanding to the forefront in their lives and communities.

Three: This is the number of self-expression and is often the heart's desire of those drawn to becoming artists.

Four: This number craves stability, consistency and a sense of order in life. They love the reward of hard work, the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and will work tirelessly.

Five: Five's have a strong desire to explore, learn and discover new things. They are adventurous and bore easily in life. Rigidity and structure stifles this person.

Six: The inner urge to serve with a strong draw to the family and home life. This person is primarily motivated by service to others and a desire to be valued for their contributions.

Seven: Seven is motivated by a need to seek answers and solve life's hidden mysteries. Those with this soul urge are often philosophical, intuitive and crave solitude.

Eight: Eight people are overachievers who thrive on competition and a sense of accomplishment. They push themselves to the limit and are usually quite successful.

Nine: The nine is a humanitarian driven by a need to make the world a better place. They are drawn to activism, public service and any area where they can use their ideals to help improve the world.

Eleven: These are your natural motivators who thrive on helping people learn to help themselves. Empowerment, self-help and personal growth are the motivators of the Eleven.

Twenty-Two: This rare master number is driven by a need for both personal success and a need to see others make it as well. Motivating, uplifting and encouraging. They are driven by the need to become living examples or mentors.

Thirty-Three: The master teacher and idealist, the 33 is motivated by a need to bring peace and understanding to the world. Spiritual, philosophical and motivated by a higher calling.

Hopefully this article has given you a little taste for Numerology and how simple it can be. There are many other numbers that can be calculated that will tell you more about yourself.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the read and comment Swalia much appreciated.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago

      very interesting and informative hub!

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      Isha 3 years ago

      Vry nice

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Flourish glad you enjoyed it :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Very interesting, step-by-step presentation of how to do it and what it means. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Sharice 4 years ago from Rhode Island

      Like Hawaiianodysseus I was wondering the same thing. I got 5 for both. The soul urge seems more accurate than the destiny number but then again my name was changed as a child so that might have thrown off some of the numbers. Anyway enough about me! This was fun and again another great hub!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Absolutely, positively fascinating, Christin. Thanks for this treat.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This is so interesting. After I was married, I paid and legally changed my name from Carla to Carly. So I went from an 8 to a 5. It was interesting to read the difference of the two numbers, they both seem similar but I am more of a 5 now. Thanks for the fascinating hub.

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      Chace 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Ooh, I've never even heard of this before. I'm a four! Hmm.. rigid, loves hard work and structure... that's me, alright! Awesome hub. :)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I have heard of numerology but never knew how it worked. This is an interesting and informative hub. I enjoyed doing this with my name. Quite interesting. Like astrology, though, I do have a bit of skepticism.

      I enjoyed reading this and it was so engaging.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Having more than one of the same number can indeed carry more significance. There are many numbers to consider, but yes, if you have a certain number that comes into play a lot the general meaning of that number would be a dominant characteristic for you. In Numerology the six is considered the number of one who is called to serve others. They tend to work in service fields (teachers, nurses, police etc) and they also have very strong family/domestic energies. Six people are exceptionally generous and love to feel that they are needed by others because they tend to base a lot of their sense of personal value on what they do for those around them.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Do the two types of numbers have any relation to each other? For example, I got a 6 for the Destiny Number and a 6 for the Soul Urge. Does having the same number have any significance? Thanks for sharing, Christin!

      Aloha, and have a nice weekend!


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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Mystic for reading and commenting - much appreciated :) glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      MysticMoonlight 4 years ago

      Great Hub with really helpful information, I found it very interesting :)

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