What Are Expression Numbers

What Are Expression Numbers

What Are Expression Numbers

An expression number is derived from your original name as registered in your birth certificate. Sometimes birth names are entered erroneously in birth certificates but if the errors are minor and are accepted as they are, then they can be used to determine the Expression numbers.

Suppose you were adopted or had a name change, you should use your original name to determine the expression number. In case you are unable to remember your original name after adoption, you should use the earliest name that you can remember however this method will not be as effective without your original name.

Expression numbers are single-digit outcomes between 1 and 9. The answers come from adding together the numbers assigned to each letter of your name. Your expression number should not be mistaken for your Life Path Number which is derived from your date of birth.

The alphabet has 26 letters each of which finds a spot under the range of 1 to 9. Letter I is the last in the sequence to fall under a single-digit number which is 9. That means letter J (which falls under number 10) will now fall under number 1 simply by adding 1+0 to get 1. This process is repeated for the rest of the letters in the alphabet to obtain single-digit numbers under which they fall.

How To Obtain Your Expression Number

The easiest way to obtain your expression number is to use our Expression Number Calculator. Or read this section to calculate it on your own.

Most people have 3 official names, several others have much more. Regardless, you can determine your expression number by first placing each letter of your name under the relevant number.

Then sum up the total of each of your names separately, ensuring you reduce each double-digit to a single-digit number.

Finally, sum up the single digits from each of your names to find your special number.


For example, if the name is John Rayan the calculations will look like this:

John: 1 + 6 + 8 + 5 = 20 = 2 + 0 = 2

Rayan: 9 + 1 + 7 + 1 + 5 = 23 = 2 + 3 = 5

Next, sum up 2 and 5 to get 7.

If you come across numbers 11, 22 or 33 do not reduce them further as these are Master Numbers.

Determining your expression number helps you to achieve your ultimate purpose in life by enhancing your understanding of yourself at a deeper level. Your talents, abilities, and shortcomings became much clearer as you became you. Before you were born, your name was determined by your parents and they intuitively picked your name to match your energy.

What Your Expression Number Means

Expression Number 1

You are the go-getter, always at the front line overseeing things and ensuring tasks are completed and achieved.

Expression Number 2

You offer conflict resolution and prefer peace to anything. Often you relate well with most people and you experience great influence from other people.

Expression Number 3

You are hyper and thrive in social gatherings but you are unable to commit to anything long enough to see it through.

Expression Number 4

You are the no-nonsense type who takes on all tasks and introduces order in all places while anchoring everything with stability.

Expression Number 5

You are the free spirit who earns secret admiral from others. Your adventurous nature seems to derail you from being in one place or committing to anything.

Read more about Expression number 5.

Expression Number 6

You are the darling of many with a very likable character so people come to you for advice. This at times gets into your head and you turn bossy and controlling.

Expression Number 7

You look out for yourself and dedicate a lot of time in searching for the truth. Your biggest interest is in the sciences.

Expression Number 8

Your competitive nature is admirable but questionable because you hesitate to work with others or take orders.

Expression Number 9

You are philanthropic and optimistic and make a very good teammate. Your ultimate goal would be to make the world a better place.

Expression Number 11

The Master Numbers also have their meanings much deeper and stronger than those of the normal expression numbers.

The most notable ones for Number 11 are empathy, psychic gifts and ability to channel spiritual information.

Expression Number 22

People with immense ability to bring significant change to the world fall under Number 22.

Expression Number 33

Number 33 exudes spiritual ability and you are a great advocate for honesty and justice.

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