The Letter Y Can Be a Vowel or a Consonant in Numerology

A common discussion in numerology is if the letter Y is used as a vowel or as a consonant. And as we humans are, we do not always agree.

Some think it is always a vowel, while others say it’s a consonant and others say it depends. It depends on the pronunciation.

Our numerology calculator follows the last group - pronunciation. So, we implement the rules described by the most widely-known master numerologist Hans Decoz in this article.

Quoting his rules for your convenience:

  • If the Y is the first letter of a name and it is followed by a consonant, it is vowel. (Yvonne, Ylsa, Yvette)
  • If the Y is the last letter of a name and it comes after a consonant, it is vowel. (Barry, Tommy, Jimmy, etc.)
  • If the Y is the first letter of a name and it is followed by another vowel, it is a consonant. (Yolanda, Yammy)
  • If the Y is the last letter of a name and it comes after a vowel, it is a consonant. (Mulrooney, Mickey)
  • If the Y is found between two consonants, it’s a vowel (Kyle, Tyson)
  • If the Y is found between two vowels, it’s a consonant (Eyarta)
  • If the Y is found between a consonant and a vowel, the default should be a vowel, but there are exceptions***
  • If the Y is found between a vowel and a consonant, the default should be a consonant, but there are exceptions***
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