List of character, symbol & sign names

Below is an overview of 75 frequently used characters, punctuation symbols or signs that are included in most fonts. These include punctuation marks and other symbols used in typography. Technically these character shapes are called glyphs. Next to each glyph name the Unicode, ASCII and GID number are listed. For some of the characters that aren’t available on common keyboards, I listed the keystroke that can be used to insert the character in a text. The typeface used for all examples is Arial Bold.


Almost Equal To

Almost equal to sign
Almost equal to sign

Unicode: 2248
ASCII: – GID: 167
HTML entity: ≈
Also called approximately equals, asymptotic to or the double tilde.
The tilde and the libra sign are sometimes used as an alternative.


Ampersand

Ampersand
Ampersand

Unicode: 0026
ASCII: 38
GID: 9
PC keystroke: usually found in the top row
HTML entity: &


Apostrophe

Apostrophe
Apostrophe

Unicode: 0027
ASCII: 39
GID: 10
PC keystroke: ALT+39 or ALT+0027
HTML entity: '


Asterisk

Asterisk
Asterisk

Unicode: 002A
ASCII: 42
GID: 13
HTML entity: ∗


At Sign

At
At

Unicode: 0040
ASCII: 64
GID: 35
HTML entity: @
In Unicode this is called the commercial at glyph.


Backslash

Reverse Solidus
Reverse Solidus

Unicode: 005C
ASCII: 92
GID: 63
The Unicode name is reverse solidus even though that glyph is less vertical.


Broken Bar

Broken Bar
Broken Bar

Unicode: 00A6
ASCII: –
GID: 230
PC keystroke: ALT + 0166
HTML entity: ¦


Bullet

Bullet
Bullet

Unicode: 2022
ASCII: –
GID: 135
PC keystroke: ALT + 0149


Cedilla

Cedilla
Cedilla

Unicode: 00B8
ASCII: –
GID: 220
Usually added underneath other glyphs.
Resembles a small ‘5’ in most typefaces.


Cent Sign

Cent
Cent

Unicode: 00A2
ASCII: –
GID: 132
PC keystroke: ALT + 0162


Circumflex Accent

Circumflex
Circumflex

Unicode: 005E
ASCII: 94
GID: 65
Also called the circum accent.
Usually added to other characters.


Colon

Colon
Colon

Unicode: 003A
ASCII: 58
GID: 29


Comma

Comma
Comma

Unicode: 002C
ASCII: 44
GID: 15


Copyright Sign

Copyright Sign
Copyright Sign

Unicode: 00A9
ASCII: –
GID: 139
PC keystroke: ALT + 0169
HTML entity: ©


Curly Brackets

Left Curly Bracket
Left Curly Bracket

Left Curly Bracket
Unicode: 007B
ASCII: – GID: 94

Right Curly Bracket
Right Curly Bracket

Right Curly Bracket
Unicode: 007D
ASCII: – GID: 96


Currency Sign

Currency Sign
Currency Sign

Unicode: 00A4
ASCII: –
GID: 862
PC keystroke: ALT + 0164
HTML entity: ¤


Degree

Degree Sign
Degree Sign

Unicode: 00B0
ASCII: –
GID: 131
HTML entity: °


Diaeresis

Diaeresis
Diaeresis

Unicode: 00A8
ASCII: –
GID: 142
PC keystroke: ALT + 0168
HTML entity: ¨
Usually added to other characters as an accent.


Division Sign

Division Sign
Division Sign

Unicode: 00F7
ASCII: –
GID: 183
PC keystroke: ALT + 0247
HTML entity: ÷


Dollar Sign

Dollar Sign
Dollar Sign

Unicode: 0024
ASCII: 36
GID: 7


Double Angle Quotation Marks

Left Double Angle Quotation Mark
Left Double Angle Quotation Mark

Left pointing double angle quotation mark
Unicode: 00AB
ASCII: –
GID: 169
PC keystroke: ALT + 0171
HTML entity: «

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Right Double Angle Quotation Mark

Right pointing double angle quotation mark
Unicode: 00BB
ASCII: –
GID: 170
PC keystroke: ALT + 0187
HTML entity: »


Ellipsis

Ellipsis

Unicode: 2026
ASCII: 133
GID:
PC keystroke: ALT + 0133
Mac keystroke: OPTION + ;
HTML entity: …
Also called the triple-dot or suspension point.
More information: Wikipedia, Typophile


EM Dash

EM Dash
Em Dash

Unicode: 2014
ASCII: –
GID: 178
HTML entity: —


EN Dash

En Dash
En Dash

Unicode: 2013
ASCII: –
GID: 177
HTML entity: –


Equals Sign

Equals Sign
Equals Sign

Unicode: 003D
ASCII: 61
GID: 32


Euro Sign

Euro Sign
Euro Sign

Unicode: 20AC
ASCII: –
GID: –
PC keystroke: ALT + 0128


Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark
Exclamation Mark

Unicode: 0021
ASCII: 33
GID: 4


Female Sign

Female Sign
Female Sign

Unicode: 2640
ASCII: –
GID: 386
HTML entity: ♀


Full Stop

Full Stop
Full Stop

Unicode: 002E
ASCII: 46
GID: 17
Also called the period.


Grave Accent

Grave Accent
Grave Accent

Unicode: 0060
ASCII: –
GID: 67


Greater Than Sign

Greater Than Sign
Greater Than Sign

Unicode: 003E
ASCII: 62
GID: 33
HTML entity: >


Hyphen

Hyphen
Hyphen

Unicode: 002D
ASCII: 45
GID: 16
Also called the minus sign


Identical To Sign

Identical To Sign
Identical To Sign

Unicode: 2261
ASCII: –
GID: 321


Inverted Exclamation Mark

Inverted Exclamation Mark
Inverted Exclamation Mark

Unicode: 00A1
ASCII: –
GID: 163
PC keystroke: ALT + 0161


Inverted Question Mark

Inverted Question Mark
Inverted Question Mark

Unicode: 00BF
ASCII: –
GID: 162
PC keystroke: ALT + 0191
HTML entity: ¿


Less Than Sign

Less Than Sign
Less Than Sign

Unicode: 003C
ASCII: 60
GID: 31
HTML entity: <


Less Than Or Equal To Sign

Less Than Or Equal To Sign
Less Than Or Equal To Sign

Unicode: 2264
ASCII: –
GID: 148
HTML entity: ≤


Lozenge

Lozenge Sign
Lozenge Sign

Unicode: 25CA
ASCII: –
GID: 184
HTML entity: ◊
Also called the diamond, rhombus or thin rhombus


Male Sign

Male Sign
Male Sign

Unicode: 2642
ASCII: –
GID: 387
HTML entity: ♂


Micro

Micro Sign
Micro Sign

Unicode: 00B5
ASCII: –
GID: 151
This is the Greek letter mu.


More Than Or Equal To Sign

More than or Equal To Sign
More than or Equal To Sign

Unicode: 2265
ASCII: –
GID: 149
HTML entity: ≥


Multiplication Sign

Multiplication Sign
Multiplication Sign

Unicode: 00D7
ASCII: –
GID: 238
PC keystroke: ALT + 0215
HTML entity: ×


Not Sign

Not Sign
Not Sign

Unicode: 00AC
ASCII: –
GID: 164
PC keystroke: ALT + 0172
HTML entity: ¬
Also called the negation sign


Not Equal To Sign

Not Equal To Sign
Not Equal To Sign

Unicode: 2260
ASCII: –
GID: 143


Number Sign

Number Sign
Number Sign

Unicode: 0023
ASCII: 35
GID: 6
Also referred to as the pound, hash or octothorp sign


One Half Fraction Sign

One Half
One Half

Unicode: 00BD
ASCII: –
GID: 242
PC keystroke: ALT + 0189
HTML entity: ½


One Quarter Fraction Sign

One Quarter
One Quarter

Unicode: 00BC
ASCII: –
GID: 243
PC keystroke: ALT + 0188
HTML entity: ¼


Parenthesis

Left Parenthesis
Left Parenthesis

Left Parenthesis
Unicode: 0028
ASCII: 40
GID: 11

Right Parenthesis
Right Parenthesis

Right Parenthesis
Unicode: 0029
ASCII: 41
GID: 12


Percent Sign

Percent Sign
Percent

Unicode: 0025
ASCII: 37
GID: 8
Also called the Percentage sign


Per Mille Sign

Per Mille Sign
Per Mille Sign

Unicode: 2030
ASCII: –
GID: 197
PC keystroke: ALT + 0137


Pilcrow Sign

Pilcrow Sign
Pilcrow Sign

Unicode: 00B6
ASCII: – GID: 136
PC keystroke: ALT + 0182
Mac keystroke: OPTION + 7
HTML entity: ¶
Also called the paragraph mark, paraph or alinea.


Plus Sign

Plus Sign
Plus Sign

Unicode: 002B
ASCII: 43
GID: 14


Plus Minus Sign

Plus-Minus Sign
Plus-Minus Sign

Unicode: 00B1
ASCII: –
GID: 147
PC keystroke: ALT + 0177
HTML entity: ±
Also referred to as give or take.


Pound Sign

Pound Sign
Pound Sign

Unicode: 00A3
ASCII: –
GID: 133
PC keystroke: ALT + 0163
HTML entity: £


Question Mark

Question Mark
Question Mark

Unicode: 003F
ASCII: 63
GID: 34


Quotation Mark

Quotation mark
Quotation Mark

Unicode: 0022
ASCII: 34
GID: 5
HTML entity: "
Also called the double quote.


Registered Sign

Registered Sign
Registered Sign

Unicode: 00AE
ASCII: –
GID: 138
PC keystroke: ALT + 0174
Mac keystroke: OPTION + R
HTML entity: ®
Also called the Racol.


Section Sign

Section Sign
Section Sign

Unicode: 00A7
ASCII: –
GID: 134
PC keystroke: ALT + 0167
HTML entity: §


Semicolon

Semicolon
Semicolon

Unicode: 003B
ASCII: 59 GID:
30


Slash

Solidus
Solidus

Unicode: 002F
ASCII: 47
GID: 18
Also called the forward slash or stroke (UK).
In Unicode it is called the solidus even though that glyph is less vertical.


Square Brackets

Left Square Bracket
Left Bracket

Left Bracket
Unicode: 005B
ASCII: 91
GID: 62

Right Square Bracket
Right Bracket

Right Bracket
Unicode: 005D
ASCII: 93
GID: 64


Tilde

Tilde
Tilde

Unicode: 007E
ASCII: –
GID: 97
PC keystroke: ALT + 0126
Also called the swung dash.


Three Quarters Fraction

Three Quarters
Three Quarters

Unicode: 00BE
ASCII: –
GID: 244
PC keystroke: ALT + 0190
HTML entity: ¾


Trade Mark Sign

Trade Mark Sign
Trade Mark Sign

Unicode: 2122
ASCII: –
GID: 140
PC keystroke: ALT + 0153
Mac keystroke: OPTION + 2
HTML entity: ™


Underscore

Low Line
Low Line

Unicode: 005F
ASCII: 95
GID: 66
Also known as the Low Line glyph


Vertical Line

Vertical Line
Vertical Line

Unicode: 007C
ASCII: 124
GID: 95
Also called the pipe, piping symbol, Sheffer stroke, vertical slash, think colon or divider line.


Yen Sign

Yen Sign
Yen Sign

Unicode: 00A5
ASCII: –
GID: 150
PC keystroke: ALT + 0165
Mac keystroke: OPTION + Y
HTML entity: ¥
Also used for the Chinese Yuan currency.


13 thoughts on “List of character, symbol & sign names

  1. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro which I ordered with a Hiragana keyboard. I prefer the Geneva font for most English work, but can’t determine how to create a ¥ glyph with it. The keyboard has a ¥ key, and it creates the ¥ glyph in other fonts. But using Geneva, that key produces a \ glyph. So does option + y.

    The ¥ glyph is within Geneva, and I have a sample of it which I can paste into text. But thus far I’ve been unable to determine how to create it with my Hiragana keyboard (in roman character mode).

    Does anyone know how to do it?

    Thanks bunches!

  2. Yes! Let me add my “Thanks” Laurens!As you can see I use the Ø char. frequently. Ham radio operators use that to distinguish the zero from a cap. o I keep a couple of the keyboard codes written on the bottom of my keyboard for quick access. It would be nice if the valuable tools you’ve provided could be put in a ‘printable’ form, perhaps in columns on a single sheet, front & back. Thanks again Laurens and Merry Christmas 2011 (or happy Hanukkah. as the case may be.) *<:-{ <= that's a Santa.

    Floyd.

  3. Tilde is used in Spanish for marking the ‘en-yay’ character as used in ‘señor’. ‘Say-nyor’.

    Not same as ‘n’. For example, ‘mañana’ (tomorrow) uses both ‘n’ forms.

  4. Waoh, this is so helpful. I had assumed a lot didnt know what some of these signs mean. However, could you help tell me what the sign ’tilde’ means, I have seen it used seeverally.

    Thanks/Janet

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