Baby Name Numerology

baby numerology


As a parent, you naturally bear a great deal of responsibility for your children and ensuring they have a good start in life, not least ensuring that their life as a whole is destined to be better than your own. We can save money for the best schooling, teach them rights and wrongs, and give them all the opportunities to discover new things and excel in those they like the most.

However, good fortune isn’t just about what we can physically provide. Anybody who has had children that they have nurtured correctly by the book, but those children still proved to be a handful even well into their adulthood, are left wondering where it all went wrong. It is most likely that the issues stem right from the moment of the baby’s life when they are brought into the world and given a name.

A name isn’t just a formality to distinguish one baby from another. It is an identity – the label on the box of characteristics, achievements and potential destinies that make up this person’s own small contribution to the universe of which they are a living and breathing part. And as such, many families tap into this cosmic energy we call the universe to ensure that their new offspring brings light, prosperity and positivity in all areas of their life.

A simple way of doing this is choosing a name for your baby according to their date of birth and rules of numerology. Aligning a name that compliments the position of the stars at the time of birth is a frequently adopted practice of many traditional societies and celebrity families alike. On this page we are going to tell you how to easily accomplish this with simple online resources.


Numerology methods for choosing your baby’s name

Anybody who has delved into the world of numerology knows that there all sorts of ways of making predictions from people’s names and dates of birth. In the spirit of keeping things diverse and interesting, we will present two different approaches on this page, one from the Indian tradition, another from the Chaldeans (society related to the Babylonians). Neither is right or wrong, it should be left to you as the parent to feel what resonates best with your beliefs and circumstances.

There are lots of guides and videos on how to use date of birth and name in order to determine personal characteristics and happenings in a person’s life, such as this one:

These are really helpful, although as a new parent the position is slightly different in that you aren’t trying to look retrospectively at why somebody else is so successful, nor are you looking for tips to nudge yourself into a better position. The perspective of a new parent is that you are essentially starting from scratch, helping to build a new life from the ground up, so there is a great amount of responsibility and accountability in doing things correctly. Hopefully this page will help provide a couple of clear routes for your deliberations.

You will see in the below that we are going to exclude surnames from this exercise, and indeed the main consideration will be on the main name that you will be calling your child, either formally or informally. So if you are going to register a child as Michael but refer to him as Micky, then you will need to pay perhaps closest regard to Micky as your chosen name, since this individual will be known solely as such to most of the people he will meet and work with in his life.

Feel free obviously to use surnames or middle names in your own work here as you grow in confidence, or alternatively there is a large and very helpful community of numerologists on the web who may be able to give you some tips one-on-one!


Chaldean Numerology method

Many people have not heard of the Chaldeans, and those that have are most likely to have done so via the legacy of numerology that they left behind. Whilst their society was quickly assimilated into the Babylonians, much evidence remains that they were true trailblazers in the aligning of words and concepts to numerological reasoning.

The Chaldean numerology method is very easy to understand since it handles letters and numbers in a fairly similar way. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a number from 1-8 as follows:

1 = A, I, J, Q, Y

2 = B, K, R

3 = C, G, L, S

4 = D, M, T

5 = E, H, N, X

6 = U, V, W

7 = O, Z

8 = F, P

Practitioners new to Chaldean numerology initially react by wondering what has happened to number 9 in this list. It seems that the Chaldeans had a slight superstition over 9, which was considered a “divine” number, so whilst it will naturally feature in the outputs of analysis with its own interpretation, they choose not to equate any man-made letter with it, which is fair enough.

Next we want to take our chosen name for the baby – let’s say JAMES – and convert each letter into a numerical value as so:

J + A + M + E + S = 1 + 1 + 4 + 5 + 3 = 14

We end up with the number 14. At this point we take note of this number, since it has its own set of meanings, but also carry out a further calculation in order to reduce 14 down into a number between 1-9 which will provide us with an elemental foundation on which to learn about James’ characteristics. This is a simple case of adding together the two digits that comprise the number 14.

1 + 4 = 5

So we have a base level number of 5 for James, as well as a higher number of 14.

We can then pay regard to James’ date of birth and apply a similar exercise of adding together the raw numbers. So given a date of birth of 24/02/2017:

2 + 4 + 0 + 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 18 (Higher number)

1 + 8 = 9 (Base number)

This gives us enough data to essentially tell us James’ characteristics based on his date of birth, and will also tell us about the innate features of children that are named James. Whilst you can’t change a date of birth particularly easily(!), you can change a name, so a parent may look at the date of birth data, and likewise for the name they have given the baby, and then work out if they feel the combination will bring about a suitable combination of characteristics.

At this stage you are probably itching to know what all the numbers mean. To give an exhaustive account would be well beyond the scope of this article, and there are many books written by Chaldean numerologists that give paragraphs of detail. Chaldean numerology is after all very intricately woven into other esoteric fields such as astrology and the tarot, much like the kabbalah, and as such there is a wealth of information to work with and interpret. However we will give a very brief account of the base level numbers as follows:


Number 1 – The one who is first and unique – a leader, an originator. But just as importantly is a true individual and will do best if working on their own or in sole charge of others.

Number 2 – One who complements and mixes well with others. An understanding and sympathetic individual who learns about the world through living and empathising with others.

Number 3 – A holistic individual with attuned balance in the mind, body and spirit realms. Creative and prolific, communicates transcendence through their arts.

Number 4 – Grounded, solid and logical. Decisions are responsibly thought through, risks mitigated. Excels where routine and reliability are core factors.

Number 5 – Very much a free spirit. Naturally talented and curious about the world. Will do well for themselves as long as they have chances to learn new things and their freedom is granted.

Number 6 – Peaceful, wise and accepting. The person who puts arguments to rest and advises those who are in trouble.

Number 7 – The master of thought and reason. Number 7’s key strength is always to questions why things are so and what the motives of others truly are.

Number 8 – Will have many rather niche talents, and their path to success will be in the things they learn as they try to connect up all their skills into one whole.

Number 9 – A divine number, and as such the bearer will have emphasis and preference for spiritual matters, whatever their physical circumstances.

So for James, we have a number 5 (name) and number 9 (birth date). Putting these two together, it paints a picture of somebody who is very free willed and spiritually open, perhaps finding spirituality in the act of freedom itself. This would be a great combination if your family already enjoyed moving around a lot and didn’t feel much affinity with the trappings of the material world.

But in a very conservative family this new person with 5 and 9 characteristics would be unhappy and their eventual actions could be regarded as unruly and rebellious. One way to reduce problems here would be to adopt a different name for the baby in the first place, so that the number 9, the unchangeable birth date, could complement a different number such as 6 which would give them a designated channel for their spiritual energies as well as the gift of self-reflection.

We aren’t going to discuss the higher numbers one by one here, as there are many resources that cover these topics in great detail, and each carries a lot of meaning and interpretation. Suffice to say, whilst the base numbers of 1-9 cover a lot of the physical attributes and the here and now of a person, the higher numbers of 10 and above handle matters of destiny and fortune. Again, this is important for we want our new child to experience fortune that is in balance with their other attributes. Let’s go back to James and see what his higher numbers 14 and 18 reveal.

Number 14 – Has the spirit of an entrepreneur when going into business. Much self-confidence about themselves here, which may need to be kept in check if they want to see sustained success.

Number 18 – Will experience problems with morality and their own greed becoming the better of them. They will find the solutions in spiritual reflection when learning their lessons.

So from his birth date, we know that “James”, whatever he is likely to be called, will be spiritually minded but will only learn about this side of his life the hard way. It would be up to the parent whether to force the circumstances described by Number 14 to happen, to help the messages be learnt in a clear cut fashion, or whether a change of name could help “James” to absorb his spiritual destiny in a somewhat gentler manner.

We can see then that Chaldean Numerology can be of great assistance when it comes to putting the pieces together on the likely fortunes of a new child in the world, especially if you yourself are a creative interpreter when it comes to examining the outcomes laid out in the higher numbers.


Indian Numerology and Astrology Method

We are now going to look at a related, but in many ways completely different method of working out a good name for your baby based on numerology and date of birth. Indian numerological traditions for this exercise do quantify the effectiveness of a chosen baby’s name, just as the Chaldean method, but the evaluation of the date of birth number is much different. Here we look at the “birth star” of your child, which is an astrological concept based on the date of birth, exact time of birth, and location of birth. To determine this would require consulting a proper almanac, far beyond the general descriptions we have space for on this blog, so you will need to dip into an online resource to quickly get this for yourself.

Let’s take the example of our baby in the Chaldean Numerology section who was born on 24th February 2017 at 8pm in San Francisco. The birth star of this individual born under these conditions is Dhanishta. The astrological prognosis gives us much more information of this person’s disposition than the grounded descriptions of the Chaldean method, shedding light on their humorous side and open mindedness.

Now, Dhanishta won’t give us any numbers to work with, but it does predetermine the first syllable of the baby’s name. This is because each birth star is aligned to a particular sound rather than a number. Remember that sounds themselves are vibrational energies picked up by our eardrums, and since the universe is a huge tangle of all sorts of energies, it is rightful that your child is attuned to the right ones! Therefore having their name start with a sound that compliments their birth star gives them that advantage, and when we look at the numerology of the actual names this will place a necessary restriction on the choices and spellings available.

You can find out information on which sound equates to each birth star here. The sounds relating to Dhanishta are the hard “G”, so we are looking at syllables such as Ga, Ge, Gi and Gu. So the name “James” that we were considering in our Chaldean numerology case is quite close, but not totally ideal here.

The next task is to pick a name that complements the astrological characteristics and starts with the appropriate sound. Let’s take a name Gavin and see how well it fits here. First, let’s start out by finding out which number relates to each letter of the alphabet, as this is different in the Indian system.

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

Gavin then would be:

G + A + V + I + N = 7 + 1 + 4 + 9 + 5 = 26

And then we reduce the number 26 down into the 1-9 range by adding each digit up eg.

2 + 6 = 8

Gavin’s number is therefore 8.

Next it would be good to look at the meanings of the numbers, which at their base value tell us a lot about how the person is valued by others just as much as what pathways they will likely undertake.

Number 1 – The head of the pack, and they will lead the way with coolness and aplomb, and be very much liked.

Number 2 – This person has much time for others, very calm in nature, and has a knack for seeing where things are going.

Number 3 – Most appreciative of the arts and literature, and always stands up for what is right.

Number 4 – A creative individual with spiritual leanings, and as such acts on their feelings during the big decisions in life.

Number 5 – Intelligent and excellent in conversation and negotiation, also a key family member.

Number 6 – A true friend who is happy to give their time for others, and will be suited to positions of responsibility.

Number 7 – A good mind that quickly absorbs facts and analyses them for the best outcome.

Number 8 – A very determined individual who will try and try again to be the best at what they choose to do.

Number 9 – An authority figure who can get many people on their side with their quick thinking and personal skills.

So our subject above, Gavin, will naturally be a bright and open person by way of their birth star, but with the attributes of 8 could use these qualities to assist him in pushing and improving himself. Or a parent could try out another name with a similar starting sound and see if they prefer the combination of attributes that the birth time astrology and name numerology present.

One thing that is becoming particularly popular amongst new parents, or even older persons that decide to change their name, is to adopt a different spelling. For example, Gavin grows up and decides he wants to be now known as Gavinn with a second “n”. He would need to spend extra time telling people how his name was spelt, but he would now be a number 4 with a more active intuitive side – assuming that’s what he wanted.



We can therefore see that picking a name for your newborn needs a fair amount of consideration if you choose to include numerology to achieve the brightest future for the next generation. It is no longer a case anymore of picking up a book of baby name suggestions and rifling through for ideas – this involves proper examination and research that either yourself or a numerologist will need to undertake. However, your children will thank you for it, and to see them succeed in everything they do will be the ultimate reward.


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