On Numerology And Names – And Their History

You may not want to go out and stock up on a bunch of books about numerology just to pick the best baby names, but then again, you might. Some people are content to use a numerology calculator, have a numerology chart drawn up for them, or generate a numerology reading based on potential baby names for their children. The fact remains that numerology and names have a long and jointed history.

An amazing number of people will fully dismiss the role that numerology may play in selecting the perfect baby name, but is that really fair? It is easy to sit down with a cell phone and forget their may have been not only a time when numerology was more popular, but also a very good reason for its rise in popularity and understanding.

While numerology and names together may be viewed as something hiding behind some sort of mystic veil, numerology does in fact have a very unique and meaningful history. Sitting here in an advanced civilization, it can be easy to dismiss old “superstitions” and “myths” outright, without considering their relevance to the mathematical and scientific limitations of the times. It would not be a stretch to say that numerology is in fact nearly as old as the art and science of mathematics itself.


The Evolution of Math, Numerology, and Names

Many people these days will incorrectly attribute the number of the beast as 666 when in reality, given the limitations of mathematical during the time, it was actually six hundred and sixty and six as there was no way to express six hundred and sixty-six at the time. This was not possible in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and would not come about until the introduction of Arabic numerals.

Zero did not even make an appearance as a numerical value until around the convergence of the Common Era. (BCE and CE, or BC and AD for those who prefer) In fact, it may rightly be said that just as many people today hold quantum mathematics in as much awe, and look at it with as much disdain as those who held a similar “consensus” regarding the older math back in those days.

These days, many of the letters from the Greek Alphabet are still used in both traditional math and quantum math equations. However, we have added new symbology that effectively creates a more complete language of mathematics. Among the most recent additions is the inclusion of a symbolic value for the square root of negative one.

Numerology And Math In Ancient Civilizations

Anyone who has ever seen the Nazca lines created in the Ancient Mesoamerican civilization in Peru can easily see that their creators had at least some understanding of advanced mathematical principles. The ancient Greeks, the ancient Egyptians, and yes, even the ancient Sumerians all had at least some knowledge of advance mathematical principles.

Let’s start with a very simple trivia question. How many sides are there on the pyramids?

If you answered “4”, congratulations.

You are just as wrong as all of the other experts until some time around 1940 when a British Pilot by the name of P. Grove, whose full name has apparently been lost to history, was flying over the pyramids. During the flight he discovered a very strange phenomena that led him to question exactly what it was that he was seeing.

The Magic of Math On Display

As it turns out, the ancient Pyramids were built with substantially more mathematical precision than anyone had previously thought possible. Each side of the pyramids are constructed with two planar surfaces, meaning that there are eight sides in total for each pyramid, all made possible by the magical power of mathematics and numbers of the day.

How were the ancient Babylonians able to create maps of the Solar System? Were they somehow granted with divine powers that allowed them to see what others would not discover until thousands of years later?

Plimpton 322 is an ancient tablet written in Cuneiform and gives us evidence that the Sumerian and other people in the region had discovered the magic of mathematics far earlier than even the great Greek philosophers like Pythagoras. The perfect ratio or the Golden Ratio was not proven mathematically, yet it constantly appears in nature and was thought to be magical in its own right.

Mathematical Magicians

For those few people who held the magic of mathematics in their heads and hands, it must have been akin to being seen as a miracle worker or magician of the day. The magic of numbers was quickly becoming more well known and numerology and names would be forever intertwined as a result.

The Magic of mathematics should not be lost in terms of importance for the lives of the ancient people. Pythagoras and his followers had cult-like devotees who would commit their lives to his mathematics and philosophies.

Is it really any wonder that people would seek out the magic of mathematics when it came time to select the best names for babies to ensure that they had a good life and a better future? While this fascination was likely the origin of numerology for names, it spread across many different cultures throughout many different ages in history.

There is one interesting point that is perhaps of significant historical value, for other reasons if not in terms of numerology and the selection of names for children. This is the fact that the Mayan people developed numerology and mathematics and not just for the Mayan names but throughout their culture. The Mayan numerology was remarkably similar to those of Egypt, Greece, and even ancient Sumerian and Babylonian (or Chaldean) societies.

What is surprising about that is the fact that according to most historical accounts, these worlds never interacted to any notable degree. Yet despite that, and despite the vast distance in geography, remarkably similar methods for the use of numbers were developed at roughly the same historical point in time.

Ancient Babylonian Numerology and Names

The original mathematicians go back long before the days of Pythagoras. Mathematics were used by the Ancient Babylonians or Chaldean originally to determine the passage of time, the rotation of the stars, and for the creation of complex civilizations far beyond the ability people of the day should have had at their disposal.

At the same time, throughout Mesoamerica, the Pre-Mayan civilizations were creating equally stunning complex societal structures throughout what is now South America. In the book 1491 by Charles Mann, there are descriptions by many of the Jesuit priests who accompanied the Spanish Conquistadors about seeing cities stretching farther than the eyes could see.

It was in these two locations that people, seeing the wonders of creation made possible through the “magic” of mathematics, that they began to seek out these people to assist in the selection of names for their children.

In ancient Babylon it is easy to see where the tradition of using numerology for the selection of names began, but in Mesoamerica, it becomes a bit more challenging. This is in large part due to the destruction of the Mayan culture and histories by the Spanish invaders.

While much of the Babylonian history was destroyed, large portions of it were kept hidden away. Thanks to those who hid their history, we now have a more clear picture of the beliefs of the day.

The Pythagorean Science Of Numbers

Where the Babylonians assigned numeric values to virtually everything, largely using the values they believed were the frequency of vibration for each object, Pythagoras took a different approach in some regards. It should be noted however, that the Greeks did inherit the knowledge of numerology directly from many of the people from Chaldea. However, this did not take place until they had already been conquered by Alexander the Great.

Pythagoras was apparently not convinced about the natural vibratory frequency of everything in the universe. It would be fair to say that he still remained convinced that numbers were still the key to pure knowledge and held the secrets to the universe and the world where we live. He believed that everything could be understood, and perhaps even controlled through the use of numerology.

The works of Pythagoras in his revision of the more ancient forms of numerology were further refined at the school in Crotone, in Italy. This school was established by Pythagoras for a sort of mathematically philosophical approach to the study of everything.

The modern forms of numerology continued to evolve over the course of time, ultimately becoming the many variations available today. This is why even in the modern world, a great many students of history, deep thinkers, and others who may be more spiritually aware at some level, continue to practice numerology, especially for the selection of names for children.