ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Signature Analysis

Updated on April 22, 2012

Understanding personality and character from signature

Introduction to Signature Analysis

Your signature is even more significant than the way you write a capital I in judging how you want to be seen by the world at large. You are, in effect, saying "this is me" in the way you sign your name. Features such as size relative to your normal writing, relative sizes of let­ters within the signature, legibility, slant, direction and any embellishments are all important factors in the analysis.

But a signature on its own provides insufficient ma­terial for a graphologist to use in order to come up with a reliable assessment of personality.

The basic structure of people's signatures tends to become standardized during the later teens or early twenties, as adulthood beckons. It remains more or less the same for forty or fifty years at least, until old age or infirmity introduces hesitation and unsteadiness. At the same time, one's general style of writing may change, leaving great differences between the signature and any other words.

Why Signatures Change ?

Of course, signatures, too, may be changed. A woman will often take her husband's surname on marriage and will need to adjust to the different signature. A person who becomes famous may deliberately cultivate a more expansive signature to fit in with their image, or may be forced to create a signature if their public name differs from their real one.

In addition, some people who are often asked for their autograph develop a compressed or simplified signature in order to save time and effort. Thus it is quite common for personali­ties to have two different signatures - one for private purposes and another for their adoring public.

Another reason for signatures differing from other writing is that they are usually written faster because the writer will swing into a familiar pattern without needing to think. Only the most painstaking or pedantic of people (perhaps bank-managers or lawyers, who recognize the importance of a signature) may sign more slowly than they write.

For a similar reason - fast writing - many signatures are illegible. Quite a large proportion of these are of a wavy line or thread shape. This suggests a secretive writer, an uncaring writer or a hasty and unthinking writer. It is certainly bad manners to cultivate an illegible signature. When a signature is illegible but complex it might well indicate an excessive vanity, coupled with stand-offishness.

Identifying personality from the Size of Signature:

Where the signature is smaller than other words the person is trying to appear modest. This may be the result of a mild, self-deprecating personality; it may be a defence mechanism; it may show a genuine lack of self-esteem; or it may be a pose.

A signature where the letters are of comparable size to that individual's normal writing shows a sincere, modest and unpretentious person who is not concerned with self-image and is very objective about his or her own good and bad points. There may be a tendency towards complacency.

Signature analysis based on first and last names

Where the first name is emphasized by larger writing than for the surname, this may indicate that the person prefers informality (first name terms), was happiest in childhood (when that first name was perhaps more used), or, in the case of a married woman, was happier before marriage, using her maiden name, or even that the person prefers the first name or dislikes the surname for the same reason. A much enlarged or embellished first name is a mark of self-love.

On the other hand, if the surname is over-emphasized it is most probably for reasons of prestige.

What form of your name should you sign? Although there may be good individual reasons for a person using their name in full, in a signature this can indicate snob­bishness. (However, it may be for the purpose of better identification if it is a common surname.) When the initials only are used, this can suggest stand-offishness or a dislike of familiarity.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)