Suzee Skwiot

The baby name you choose is a big deal, that's no secret. It's often the first thing people learn about us and easily becomes our most prominent identifier. But did you know that your baby's name can easily tell you all about their strengths and weaknesses?

Enter numerology. It's the idea that we are all born with a set of numbers that is unique and special to each separate person. These numbers, when added together, reveal our traits, positives, downfalls, and possibly even our future.

So consider checking your baby's name (and hey, maybe even your own) with the numbers chart to see what you can expect.

According to Hans Decoz, the founder of numerology.com, each individual letter of your name corresponds to a different trait and can reveal special details about your life. Think spelling your baby's name one specific way never mattered before? Turns out it might!

Here's how to determine your baby's numerological name identity, says Decoz:

1. Write out the full birth name: first, middle, and last.
2. Find the corresponding number for each letter based on the chart below:
3. Next, add all the numbers of your first name together. If the total is more than 10, reduce that number until you reach a single digit. Ex: Charlotte is 3+8+1+9+3+6+2+2+5. The sum is 39. Then take 3+9. That's 12. Finally, reduce again: 1+2. Your first name is a 3.
4. Do the same with the middle and last names.
5. Add all three numbers together and reduce again until you reach another single digit. However, if you end up with an 11, 22, or 33, stop there! You've gotten a Master number.
6. Use your final number to determine baby's expression number traits.

If baby's expression number is 1: Baby is a natural leader, independent and individualistic, ambitious and courageous, but he will tend to be self-centered because he is so driven.

If baby's expression number is 2: She is all-knowing and sensitive, loving, patient, and a peacemaker. However, 2's also tend to be spoiled, lazy, and overly sensitive.

If baby's expression number is 3: He is the creative child who is imaginative, artistic, talented, and optimistic. But be careful, because he can also be impatient, vain, and a bit of a complainer.

If baby's expression number is 4: She is the absolute salt of the earth. She's disciplined and strong and people can easily rely on her. But conversely, she can lack a little in the excitement or imagination department.

If baby's expression number is 5: Watch out, this is a dynamic force. He's energetic, free, and a total social butterfly, but he can sometimes be unstable and careless around others.

If baby's expression number is 6: She's the loving, protective caretaker. She loves and tends to be totally maternal. But on the other hand, she can be very overprotective, prone to anxiety, and definitely worrisome. Sounds like mom, right?

If baby's expression number is 7: He's the seeker in the family. And no, not Harry Potter-style. Here, it means he's spiritual, focused, and wise. But wait a second. He could also be socially awkward, cowardly, and distant from others.

If baby's expression number is 8: She wants to have balance and power. She's authoritative, likes to control situations, and is realistic. But she also tends to be cruel, insensitive, and sometimes greedy.

If baby's expression number is 9: He has global awareness. He's compassionate to others, sophisticated, and generous, but might also be egocentric, fickle, and cold.

If baby's expression number is 11: She is the most intuitive, instinctual, and dynamic, but might be shy, stressed, and oftentimes scattered.

If baby's expression number is 22: He is the master builder and can easily turn something into reality, and is very disciplined and powerful. Inversely, he puts a lot of pressure on himself and is unaware of his own potential.

If baby's expression number is 33: She is the world's master teacher. She is understanding and knowledgeable but focuses a lot on herself and tends to preach at others.

How does your baby's numerology line up with their personality?

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