Your birth number and your name number should match for best chances of success in life, according to numerology. Later in this post I will explain what to do if your birth and name numbers do not match.

I’ve already explained how to calculate your birth number in a previous post called Your Birth Number and Its Ruling Planet. In this post I will share with you the most reliable way to calculate your name number. 

Cheiro - Count Louis Hamon

Cheiro – Count Louis Hamon

I call it the most reliable way because it was used by Cheiro, a palm reader, astrologist and numerologist.

He correctly predicted the most important events and the time of death of many important people of his time.

It is from his book called Cheiro’s Book of Numbers that this information comes from also.

Cheiro used a Chaldean system of numbers to calculate a person’s name number.

You should also include your surname in this calculation if people tend to refer to you by your last name too. Also, if you are known in your personal life by one name (maybe a pet name) and in your public life – by another, you should find out both of these numbers to see how they affect your personal and public life.

So your full name might be Aaron Smith, but if you are only known as “Smith” in public life, you should calculate only the number of your surname. And if in your private life people call you “Aaron”, you should only calculate the first name number for matters to do with your private life. And if people refer to you by some pet name, you should calculate the number of your pet name for your private life.

So here is the way to calculate your name number:


For example, if your name is Aaron, you look at the chart to find that A has 1 as its number, R – 2, and so on. So you need to find all the numbers and add them together: A (1) A (1) R (2) O (7) N (5); 1+1+2+7+5=16. Then you add the two digits together to get a single digit. In this case, it’s 1+6=7, which gives a name number of 7, which is the most spiritual numbers of all.

In case a person is known by the surname as well, the surname will have to be calculated in the same way, reduced to a single digit and then added to a single digit of the name, to again be reduced to a single digit.

One you know your name number, read its description and find out its planet from my previous article on birth number. After finishing reading about your number and planet, come back to this post for final advice.

 Name number different from birth number

If you find that your name and birth numbers are not identical, and your birth number is positive (meaning not 4 or 8), then ideally you should include an initial or slightly change your name so that it matches your birth number.

This will influence your life in a powerful and positive way – there will be fewer obstacles and success will come easier. However, if your birth and name numbers do not clash, you can leave them as they are – see below on which numbers clash with each other.

If your birth number is negative (4 or 8) and your name number is different, then you should focus on increasing the power of your name number by wearing its colors and taking important action on its days, as already described in a previous article on birth numbers.

Numbers which clash with one another

Ideally, your birth and name numbers should be in harmony with one another.

Some numbers naturally clash with one another, like 9 and 8, as Cheiro mentions. In this case, 9 (Mars) will dominate 8 (Saturn).

In Chaldean numerology there are more clashing combinations, like 1 and 8 (as different as white and black), 9 and 4 (this combination sometimes produces accidents), 8 and 4 (these numbers attract one another but the result is usually unhappiness), 3 and 6 (numbers whose goals are very different, though not as bad as previous combinations).

If you find that you have a clashing combination and you’re not willing to change your name number (when you have a negative birth number) then you should drop the use of the negative number altogether, and do everything to increase the power of the positive number. Think yourself as that number, take action on the days that are in harmony with it, and use the colors of your positive number.

This might in time (not instantly, of course) reduce the impact of the negative number to the extent that you no longer feel its influence at all. Continue increasing the influence of the positive number and if you do this regularly, you should start noticing positive changes after several months, as it takes time to change the vibration you’ve had your entire life.