The Letter A

The Letter is a weekly post where we will write down the origins of each letter. Other terms and trivia will also be noted. It is impossible that one person can do so much work, thus other websites and sources will come into play. I will cite the sources, and thank them in advance.

The Letter A is the first letter and a vowel in the ISO basic Latin alphabet. It is similar to the Ancient Greek letter Alpha, from which it derives.

The earliest certain ancestor of “A” is aleph (also called aleph), the first letter of the Phoenician alphabet, which in turn may have originated from the bull in Egyptian hieroglyphs.


The Greek letter A is pronounced Alpha and is also Sony’s DSLR product line code. The small letter ‘a’ has two variants: the double story and single story variant. Most computer fonts use the double story version, while most people write the single story version.




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