In the ancient days , early forms of N was tied closely with the water. Its name was nun when it was started to use by the Phoenicians around three thousand years ago. The meaning of nun is fish.
It was almost around the 10th century B.C., when the Greeks have started to develop their alphabet by adopting some parts of the Phoenician alphabet as their own. By this way they do acquired as well as preserved its (nun) tradition name. In fact most of the Phoenician character’s name was meaning less to the Greeks. But still its initial sound was retained throughout all the evaluation process. This is the way in which the Phoenician nun has corrupted into the Greek “nu.”
Later this nu was redefined to suite the Greek minds even better. So in greek alone this letter have gone through several variations as shown below
Finally The Greek N was adopted by the Romans as it is.
Egyptian hieroglyph for ‘J’
In the earlier days the Romans and Greeks, has inscribed their letters in stone directly. So due to this straight process merely there were no variation in stroke thickness. As we all except they all lacked in gaining the curved strokes. Around the first century A.D., in the developed civilization stonecutters has learned to paint the letters before they cut them with hammer and chisel .Hence this pre drawing process was the root cause for the several variance in stroke weight and eventually in serifs.
Some font styles of N
Pictorial representations from the medieval ages
If we trace back the history of m and n we can find they evolved almost parallel to each other.
The following shows how N was represented in the pre-Carolingian minuscule scripts.
The following table specifies value of “N” in some character Encodings
Character Latin Latin
Encoding capital letter N small letter n
Decimal hex Decimal hex
Unicode 78 004E 110 006E
ASCII 78 4E 110 6E
UTF-8 78 4E 110 6E
EBCDIC 213 D5 149 95
What does N stands for in various fields?
N is the standard letter that denotes the direction north.
N is the acronym of the word No.
N is the symbol of Netscape.
N is the symbol that is used to represent the neutron no (physics)
N is the set of natural numbers (Mathematics)
Generally the people whose names start with “N” will have a very clever imagination. They are fond of books. They will shine as a reporter or a writer. These people are self motivated, nature lovers and inspire others to follow them. They like to step in everything