New to Bounty?
Deciding on a name for your soon-to-be-born bub is right up there with hunting for your first home. It’s tough.
Unfortunately, the New Age gurus have just made it even trickier. Have you heard of ‘name numerology’? Yup, it’s a thing. Each letter in your child’s name corresponds with a digit and the sum can determine your wee one’s destiny.
Adelaide numerologist Christine Parker says: “A name is 50 per cent of a person’s chart, with the birthdate being the other 50 per cent. So both are very important.”
There’s a guide, below, in how to tally up your child’s special number, but there are also a few other things to take into consideration, as follows:
Master letters – killing it with a capital K (and V)
In numerology, ‘K’ and ‘V’ are master letters, which might explain the success of celebs such as Kim Kardashian (and her sisters), Karlie Kloss, and, um, Vince Vaughn.
According to Parker: “‘K’ emphasises a high level of awareness and ability for achievement and can also highlight going into the limelight in some way. The letter, V, is the 22nd letter in the alphabet, a master number. It suggests an inspirational person with an ability to inspire others.”
But while the first letter of each name is very significant, Parker says, “The total of all the letters added together is the most important thing.”
The letter, D, on the flipside, is said to be the most negative letter, especially when followed by E, I, or IS. ‘D’ corresponds with the number four, which the Chinese avoid because it sounds like ‘death’ in Cantonese.
Parker is more diplomatic, however. “There are no negative numbers, they just are. Day is not bad, night is not bad. It is what you do in that time that is important. We need every number in this world and we need every letter in this world. Otherwise, it would be very boring and we would all want to do the same things.”
She adds: “‘D’ is the number four, so [those with ‘D’ names] work very hard, their family is important to them and they will do anything to protect them. It is an enclosed number, so they can keep things to themselves. But the letter has a solid baseline, so they are not easily pushed over.”
Could there be a reason Dannii Minogue has stuck with the double ‘I’ from her Young Talent Time days rather than going back to the plainer ‘Danielle’?
According to Parker: “When there is a double letter in a name, it highlights the qualities of that letter. With the ‘ii’, it emphasises strong emotions and high sensitivity in a person. A ‘oo’ in a name highlights responsibility. It also looks like two eyes, so they like looking into things – seeing – and can be intuitive.”
The law of attraction
What if Jamie Oliver’s Daisy Boo or Buddy Bear wake up one day and decide they’re no longer down with their given names – will legally changing them alter anything?
“Yes, you can change your destiny [by doing so],” Parker says. “But you can’t change what you were born with. Even if you change your name, you will still have to work through the karma of that name, as well as the karma of the new name. It can create more problems in a person’s life. The name you were born with is like your DNA, which is part of you, and always will be in this lifetime.”
But what if you just like the name?
If you’re still stuck on a name just because you like how it sounds, Parker reckons that’s fine.
“A person can very much be successful regardless of their name. Parents should pick the name for the child that feels right for them. We come into this world to learn and to grow. Our parents pick the name that equips us for our journey. A hard life is not necessarily a bad thing. When life is easy, we don’t reach our full potential, because we have never learnt to work with adversity.”
Working out your baby's name number
The letters of the alphabet are numbered 1–9, as follows:
A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=1 K=2 L=3 M=4 N=5 O=6 P=7 Q=8 R=9 S=1 T=2 U=3 V=4 W=5 X=6 Y=7 Z=8
Parker advises: “Put the value of each letter underneath and then add the whole name up to give you your destiny. [Though, remember] your child’s name is only 50 per cent of their chart. The birthdate is extremely important, too, and it depends how these two go together.”
Example: C A R L A C A R U S O
3 1 9 3 1 + 3 1 9 3 1 6 = 40 4 + 0 = 4
What your baby's name number means
initiating action, pioneering, leading, independent, attaining, individual
cooperation, adaptability, consideration of others, partnering, mediating
expression, verbalization, socialization, the arts, the joy of living
a foundation, order, service, struggle against limits, steady growth
expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom
responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy
analysis, understanding, knowledge, awareness, studious, meditating
practical endeavors, status oriented, power seeking, material goals
humanitarian, giving nature, selflessness, obligations, creative expression