Number 1

Meaning of Number 1

number 1 meaning

In the Western tradition, being “number 1” is synonymous to being the best.

The number 1 symbolizes the leader.

It is the number of confidence.

One is the number of the human being, the only creature on earth to stand up straight on two legs.

It is a divine number, the number of the One God.


The Pythagoreans referred to number 1 as the “monad”. It symbolized the creator.

It is a male number. Number 1 represents strength.

One is also the number of the loner, someone who will not follow the crowd.

One symbolizes the creative spirit and individuality.

Number 1 – Fun Facts

The longest word in the English language containing only one vowel is “strengths”!

In science, hydrogen is the atomic number 1.

Number 1 is the international country calling code for North America.

October 1st is the International Day of Older People. This day was established by the U.N. in 1990.

New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893.

 Aries is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac. (March 21 to April 20)

Number one is the number of the Sun. Number one is a lucky number for Aries and Leo. 

Number 1 in the Tarot Deck

1 Magician Rider Waite

In Tarot, the number one is the card of the Magician.

The Magician symbolizes willpower and the capability to achieve goals.

Reversed it symbolizes that talent is abused in some way.

It could be some of your actions or lack of actions are hindering you from reaching your full potential.

Mother of Jesus in the Qur’an

Maryam and Isa
Old Persian picture of Maryam and Isa.

There is only one sura (chapter) in the Qur’an named after a woman. That is sura 19 named Maryam.

Maryam is the mother of Jesus.

In Islam the Virgin Mary is called Maryam and Jesus is called Isa.

Maryam is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur’an.

She is actually mentioned more times in the Qur’an than in the New Testament of the Bible.

 The First Person – New Year in Vietnam

In Vietnam the first person to enter the home the first day of the New Year is of vital importance.

The first person to enter a house must be with superior intentions and morality if the home is to receive good blessings in the year to come. This is the reason nobody visits a home without an invitation on New Year day.

Just to be on the safe side it is quite common for the owner of the house to leave the house a few minutes before midnight and return shortly after the clock strikes twelve.

Every precaution is taken that no one enters the home first who does not have a solid desire of the wellbeing of the household.

Number 1 in Space

Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov (from Soviet/Russia) was the first human to conduct a spacewalk on March 18,1965. 

Neil Alden Armstrong (from USA) was the first human to walk on the moon on July 21, 1969.

Valentina Tereshkova (born 1937) from the Soviet Union was the first woman in space in 1963.

Sally Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman in space in 1983.

The First

Matthew Webb from England was the first person in the world to swim the English Channel in 1875.

He drowned in 1883 while attempting to swim the Niagara rapids.

Peter the Great

Peter the Great (1672-1725) was the first Russian Tsar to travel outside of Russia. In 1697 he went on an 18 month long journey through Western Europe with a large Russian delegation.

He travelled mostly undercover using alias names.

Sir Isac Newton

Sir Isac Newton was the first scientist ever to be knighted. He was knighted in April 1705 by Queen Mary at Trinity College, Cambridge. Sir Isac Newton is buried in Westminster Abby in London, England.

Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen (1872 – 1928) a Norwegian explorer was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles.

Queen Victoria – Buckingham Palace

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (May 24, 1819 – January 22, 1901) became the first monarch to take up residence at Buckingham Palace.

George Washington

George Washington Presidential Coin

George Washington was the first president of the United States. 1787- 1797

Washington owned over a hundred slaves. He left a clause in his will that the slaves were to be freed. He was a Freemason and on April 29, 1788, he was appointed Worshipful Master of Alexandria Lodge 22.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) was the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. He negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to appoint a representative of the Jewish minority to a cabinet position, Secretary of Commerce and Labor, Oscar S. Straus.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Sirimavo Bandaranaike (April 17, 1916 – October 10, 2000) was the world’s first female head of government. She was Prime Minister of Ceylon and Sri Lanka three times, 1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Liberia is the first African nation to elect a female president.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became the first female elected head of state in Africa on January 16, 2006.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the Nobel Peace Prize 2011. She shares this prize equally with Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karma. They won the prize for “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work” according to the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill, (1874 –1965) was the first Prime Minister of Great Britain (and to date the only one) to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. He received the Nobel Prize in 1953.

Sir Winston Churchill was the first person ever to be proclaimed an Honorary Citizen of the United States.  President John F. Kennedy proclaimed him an Honorary Citizen in 1963.


Colette was the first woman in France who was given state funeral. Due to her divorces, she was refused the Roman Catholic rites.

Colette died August 3, 1954.

The Penny Black

Black penny

The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1 May 1840.

The UK is the only country in the world that is not required to put its country name on its stamps.  The UK uses only the profile of the current monarch’s head on its stamps.

The Number One Room

Inside the Clock Tower, popularly referred to as the Big Ben, is a prison room known as ”the number one room”. Any person who misbehaved during debates in the Houses of Parliament could soon find themselves imprisoned in the “number one room”. This prison cell was last used in 1880.

Only One Painting

Red Vine yards

Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. The painting was named “Red Vineyard near Arles”, painted in 1888. He sold it in 1890 for 400 Frances.

The buyer was Anna Boch. She was also a painter and her brother was a friend of Vincent van Gogh.

The painting is now in the Puskin Museum, Moskva, Russia.  

The First Mammal to be Cloned

first animal cloned

The First Mammal ever to be cloned was female sheep named Dolly born July 5, 1996 – died February 14, 2003.

Dolly was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

Dolly’s remains are exhibited at the Royal Museum of Scotland.

Sonnet 1 By William Shakespear

Number 1 – Fun Fact

1 x 9 + 2 = 11

12 x 9 + 3 = 111

123 x 9 + 4 = 1111

1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111

12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111

123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111

1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111

12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

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8 thoughts on “Number 1”

  1. I believe and know numbers have great significants but am not satisfied with the information on this site and wish you could add more

  2. good information, thanks, but the last tale (1 in space) sorry, about nothing, this information don’t tell us of deep meaning of number one. It is just history, with date that have number one……
    I always searching information about deep meaning of numbers. And no one talk about essence or sooth…. But number 1 it iz “z” in our alphabet, that stay in the edge, it is very interesting, it is thin world of beginning, our core inside planet, metals…… No body talk about that, always seeing only fragments of knowledge….

  3. November 1st is also All Saints day in the catholic religion.
    It’s also the day of the dead or all soul’s day in older cultures.
    “One” is a great song by U2.
    Let’s not forget man’s first step on the moon:
    Listeners back on Earth heard, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

  4. I never thought, numbers can be of that much importance. It is very good to know the importance of number 1, not only in one culture, but in so many. Also, you have explained the first sun sign, the idea of first person, and the longest word in English with only one vowel, one painting, and many more things. It was a very good experience to read about all these. The pictures and videos which have included add to the charm of the article. It was a nice read!

  5. Well, that is an impressive list of first – doers .. cool . So one is a male number with strength, creative skills and divine nature. So 1 is gonna be my favorite number from today. Fix

  6. I didn’t know about the tradition in Vietnam, it is good to know. In India, the first person to enter the home after house-warming ceremony has to a person of good intentions, superior will and good so that the house gets all blessings from gods and everything goes favorably to the owner


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