Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Do you have unusual fingerprints?

Below are the three basic pattern types. The loop is the most common fingerprint pattern all over the world.

To identify the three patterns, note the 'delta', the point where lines from three directions come together. The whorl has two deltas, the loop has one (see bottom-left), and the arch has no delta at all.

Which fingerprints are most rare?

Below are some pictures of less common fingerprints patterns.
Send me a picture/scan of your palm or fingerprint if you have trouble identifying it (frvc [at] dse [dot] nl).

Double Loop

Peacock's eye
Tented Arch

To see if you have an unusual or rare fingerprint, check which finger it is found on. For example, a radial loop is common on the index finger, but extremely rare on the little finger.

Uncommon fingerprint: less than 1 in 20 people have such a fingerprint.
Rare fingerprint: less than 1 in 100 people have such a fingerprint.
Extremely rare fingerprint: less than 1 in 1000 people have such a fingerprint.

In order from most common to most rare:

  1. Ulnar loop = a loop that comes from the pinky side of the hand
    - So common, it is quite rare NOT to have one!
  2. Whorl = a spiral pattern
    - Very common, especially on the thumb, index and ring fingers
  3. Radial loop = a loop that comes from the thumb side of the hand
    - Commonly found on index finger, uncommon on middle finger, rare on other fingers
    =====================
    UNCOMMON FINGERPRINTS:
    =====================
  4. Arch = most simple fingerprint, no loop patterns
    - Uncommon pattern on: all fingers, rare on little finger
  5. Double loop = two loops going in two directions, but is actually a type of whorl
    - Uncommon pattern on: all fingers except thumb, rare on ring and little fingers
  6. Peacock's eye = a tiny whorl inside a loop
    - Uncommon pattern on: all fingers, most common on ring finger, rare on thumb.
    ===============
    RARE FINGERPRINTS:
    ===============
  7. Tented arch = arch pattern but horizontal ridges rising up high in the middle, creating a tent-like pattern. Note: the tented arch is often confused with a loop that looks like a tented arch. Look for any signs of a loop to check if it is a 'real' tented arch.
    - Rare on all fingers, extremely rare on thumb and little finger
  8. Accidental = anything else, such as horizontal rather than vertical loops
    - Rare on index finger, extremely rare on all other fingers

Source used: Fingerprints, palms and soles, Cummins, H., 1943


Character traits

Handreaders have associated fingerprints with certain character traits.
  • Loops*: flexible, adaptable, easy going, highly receptive, impressionable, unfocussed, team players.
  • Arches: down to earth, pragmatic, responsible, reserved, consistent.
  • Tented arches: hyperactive, impulsive, intense, fiery.
  • Whorls*: independent, inflexible, individualistic, highly focussed.
  • Double loop (a.k.a. composite): indecisive, uncertain, diplomatic. Some double loops look more like whorls, others are more clearly two intertwined loops. Depending on which one it is, see also the associated loop or whorl characteristics.
  • Peacock's eye (a.k.a. central pocket loop): perfectionistic, good eye for detail. It is more of a whorl than a loop, so see also whorl characteristics.

*Note that loops and whorls are quite common - so it would take about 4+ whorls to make you a 'whorly' person and 7+ loops to make you a 'loopy' person.

Handreaders also give specific meaning to the fingers. To interpret the meaning, you need to combine all the characteristics, and this takes experience (say, getting people's feedback from reading at least 1000 hands). But it can be fun linking the fingerprints characteristics to the individual fingers:

  • Thumb: Willpower/control
  • Index: Public image, self expression
  • Middle finger: Values, morals
  • Ring finger: Aesthetics, creativity
  • Pinky: Communication

The meaning also depends on the hand you look at - this is if you have different fingerprints on your left hand compared to your right hand:

  • Dominant hand (right if right handed): Public self
  • Passive hand: Private self

Fingerprints on your palm?

Do you have any fingerprints on your palm? Is it a loop inbetween two fingers? No? Congratulations, whatever it is automatically qualitifies as an uncommon palm pattern! One or more loops are usually found on the area of the palm between the fingers. The one between the ring finger and pinky is commonly called the 'humor loop', and between the ring and middle fingers is called the 'loop of seriousness' (draw your own conclusion about this one...but it refers to 'type' of humor rather than humor itself). A loop between the index and middle fingers is quite rare, and is a sign of royal lineage in Indian traditional palmistry. Some people also have loops or arches elsewhere, most commonly in the area around the base of the thumb. It is also quite common to have a loop on the side of the palm opposite the thumb, about halfway up, which is called a memory loop. A whorl print is very rare anywhere on the palm.

Fingerprints around the world

In some human populations whorls are more common, such as among aboriginal Australians, Eskimos and in some parts of Asia. Europeans tend to have more loops. Arches are more common among the Bushmen, Efe pygmies and oddly enough, the Dutch. Nevertheless, the order of commonness: loop -> whorl -> arch, is the same everywhere.

Can fingerprints be forged?

Apparently it is not too difficult to fool a fingerprint security system. Check out this demonstration from MythBusters:

Can fingerprints be forged? - EduTube

Recommended links

235 comments:

1 – 200 of 235   Newer›   Newest»
born to be wild said...

all loops :-) !

Anonymous said...

hello frank, i thought it was the night to call up ghosts, i do this every now and again with my fingers on the keyboard, my father tried to teach me once how to be ambidexterous.....(s?)
well..he was dissapointed. guess who..?

Anonymous said...

hi this is shahzad i got 9 whorl and 1 loop in left hand pinky finger what does it mean,

Anonymous said...

i got 9 whorl with 1 loop in little finger of left hand mail me its mean on ahamraz@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

reading left to right (left thumb through right thumb): loop,whorl,peacock eye,whorl,borderline peacock loop,whorl,whorl,whorl,extreme peacock,borderline peacock...is this rare?

H.L. said...

Hi - that peacock's eye on your left middle finger is definitely rare. A peaock's eye on the pinky (little finger) is also quite rare. A peacock's eye on the thumb is very rare. Do you recognize these peacock's eye traits: "perfectionistic, good eye for detail" ? Maybe you want to post your hands at the club: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/palmistryprimalfocus/
to get another opinion.

cherrypie said...

i have all loops too!

Anonymous said...

wow you guys are pathetic! jk your real cool...

Anonymous said...

I have 9 whorls and on one index finger, a double whorl with only one tri-radius.. it is like a peacock's eye with a double whorl in the centre.
Sounds pretty unusual :)

Anonymous said...

i have wierd prints,they look like oval targets

Anonymous said...

hi yall i have a whorl and 4 loops

Anonymous said...

I've got fingerprints that have characteristics of a whorl but the whorl part is stretched out like a loop? What do you think it is? mail me at: SugaredKiwi@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone. i just had a question:
Is there anyone that can tell me what my fingerprint means? I have the exact replica of a yin yang symbol on my left thumb. I freaked out a very nice figerprinting lady at the post office two years in a row. She remembered me after a year not becuase of my face, but because of my fingerprint!! Does this have any significance?

If anyone could direct me to book on this subject i be very grateful:)

Puck72003@yahoo.com

MSND

Anonymous said...

I have three whorls one peacock eye and 6 loops in my hand what does my character indicate and how would my future be

Anonymous said...

I have three whorls one peacock eye and 6 loops in my hand what does my character indicate and how would my future be mail me at kitu320@rediffmail.com

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Anonymous said...

hi, i am very curious on my finger prints. I have no idea on my both left and right hand which r same as (from thumb to pinky) is composite whorl, composite whorl, concentric whorl, concentric whorl, and peacock's eye. I wish to get know my identity. TQ

yukilhk@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hello, Quick Question. What Does it Mean If You Have Different Types Of The Characteristics? I Have Whorl On One Thumb, Loop On The Other, Arches On My First 2 Fingers On Both Hands, And Then Loops On My Last Two On Both Hands. Please Email KSweetipie@aol.com and Let Me Know. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

All loops!! I guess I'm jjust common...

Anonymous said...

I found a whorl on my left palm. It's between the index and middle finger. what's it mean? Email me please at....

aloracarolkaoss@yahoo.com

Ty very much!!

Anonymous said...

this is my left hand:thumb composite,jupiter whorl,loops in the rest fingers.
my right hand:thumb composite,jupiter peacok's eye,middle finger whorl,and loops in the rest.Is this really unusual what's the meaning?

Anonymous said...

peacock's eye on the index finger is quite unusual (around 2 percent of population). Would affect the way you present yourself and communicate with other people.

Anonymous said...

i have 6 tented arches, and two that are like half loops and half tented arches, both my tumbs are loops.

Anonymous said...

I've always found fingerprints to be very fascinating. I mean, it seems crazy that just these little ridge patterns on everyone's fingertips can really be unique. Anyway, I'm very curious about my fingerprints because I have weird ones. The fingerprints on my left hand are all whorls, the fingerprints on my right hand are all archs, and my thumbs are both double loops. Not only that, but my left index fingerprint forms the image of a smiley face in the center of the whorl ridge pattern :). Also, I was looking at my girlfriend's fingertips today, and all of her prints are loops, except for the thumbs, which are whorls! Any idea's on our weird fingerprints?

H.L. said...

Hi,
that's fascinating, it's extremely unusual to have such different fingerprints on left and right hands, especially because arches and whorls are sort of opposing poles. This might suggest that you have two very different way of looking at the world. Adding the double loops on thumbs, I guess you have a lot of difficulty making decisions. As for your girlfriend, that's a well balanced hand, and not unusual.

I'm curious, are the lines of your hand (left versus right) also very different? Would be great if you could post your hands at the hands/palmistry discussion group

Anonymous said...

fingr prints are hit i dont think u al relise this but u all went on the internet and searched finger prints and then all typed about it i mean wtf

ChristineAlexandra said...

Hello,
I have all arch on my fingers except for my right thumb which is a loop. Does this mean anything?
I do not think this may be too uncommon, is it?
By the way Thank you for the interesting and detailed 411 on the finger prints.

H.L. said...

Hi Christine,
Thanks for your comments. 9 arches is really quite unusual, but be sure to check that they are real arches. Sometimes there is a very small loop visible within the arch. Arch-holders are said to be sober, down-to-earth, reliable, constant & consistent. They also seem to have a lower level of emotional resonance / mimicking the emotions of others (which we tend to do). Does this sound familiar?

Anonymous said...

i have a very odd looking pattern located between my ring finger and my pinky....it looks exactly like an eye within a triangular pattern....not sure what it means but the eye kinda spirals into itself till it reaches a single circle in which it stops....its on my left hand...if you can come up with any explanations let me know at this email....Insanity_has_no_breaking_point@hotmail.com

Dragano said...

I have an ulnar loop just above the palm of my right hand. I was diagnosed with Polands Syndrome at age 5 and told this was indicative of the condition. Hoping for more info...

Dragano said...

I have an ulnar loop just above the palm of my right hand. I was diagnosed with Polands Syndrome at age 5 and told this was indicative of the condition. Hoping for more info...

Anonymous said...

Just curious , l have only one whorl on my right thumb and both my index fingers are arches , with my left hand index finger being an tented arch. My father has 9 whorles are we connected or something ?

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have some strange patterns on both hands: L Index- double loop w/peacock eye together!!! L ring finger the same thing, L pinky a whorl(cause there are 2 deltas) w/weird peacock eye line, which goes down 2-3 lines and stops, R pinky a whorl with a tiny double loop center and R ring finger- same as R pinky...Gypsy palmreader I met in Europe was very enthusiastic to read my hand before she took a look at it, then she saw it, closed it and said go away, turn around and walked away...end of show.That feaked me out. Since then I was curious. I would appreciate if anybody explains these patterns. Thanks.

H.L. said...

^^ wow...before I comment, could you send a scan/picture of those unusual fingerprints to - frvc (at) dse (dot) nl)? thanks...

Anonymous said...

Research on the hands of 19 autistic males has indicated that some aspects of the fingerprints and dermatoglyphics might be related to the autistic spectrum disorder. Thanks Frank, Martijn.

Anonymous said...

i have 10 whorls, one on the first phalange of every finger- spiral on thumbs, middle fingers and pinky fingers, and peacock's eyes on index and ring fingers, one humor whorl between the pinky and ring fingers, and there r arches on the second phalanges of the fingers. what does this signify?

Anonymous said...

hi fran. i have 10 whorls with spirals on the first phalanges of the index and thumb fingers. and the pinky, middle and the ring fingers are peacock eye whorls. i hve a humor loop between the pinky and the ring finger on the palm. what does it signify?

shorty said...

is it possible to have more than one type of pattern on your fingerprints on the same hand

H.L. said...

It is not only possible, but very common to have more than one fingerprint type on one hand. In fact, it is somewhat uncommon to have the same fingerprint pattern on all fingers.

Anonymous said...

HI i have a peacocks eye on my left thumb on left had the others are all loops, on my right hand my little finger to middle finger are all loops but the last two fingers are whorls weird?!

Anonymous said...

HI, i have a peacocks eye on my left hand thumb the rest on my left hand are all loops but my right hands little finger to my middle finger are loops but the last two are whorls weird!?

brad said...

I have 9 loops and a peacocks eye on my right thumb. I am ambidextrous.

Anonymous said...

all whorls- is it commmon to have the same fingerprint type on each finger?

H.L. said...

I haven't found any statistics on that, but I think it not that uncommon to have either all loops or all whorls (maybe 1 in a hundred). Any other fingerprint on all fingers is extremely rare though.

Anonymous said...

hello
just thought id let you all know that i have arches on ALL my fingers. I also have a loop in between all my fingers on both hands and a memory loop on my right hand only.

Is this rare??

H.L. said...

whoa! Yes that's definitely rare, if not extremely rare. Arches on all fingers is very rare and I'm sure that loops between all fingers is quite rare so this is a very interesting, rare combination. If I may ask, what is your profession?

Anonymous said...

i've just qualified to teach - but i have also done a business studies degree and have completed an art course. i'm ambitious but not 100% sure which route to take as i want to do something worth while. Lets hope teaching is my calling. . .

Anonymous said...

I have all arches, too. I'm a graphic artist, BTW.

Anonymous said...

had it checked out by forensic science teacher, i have a tented arch on left litle and a pecoks eye on left ring finger..... i guess my left is just weird

Anonymous said...

I was checking our daughters finger prints and was surprised that only a few were different. Then when our son came home i checked his. They were all very much the same. Then I checked our palms and they were almost exactly the same. For example if the police checked our prints we'd look like the same person. He was born on my birthday. Any ideas? Friends have said he's my twin cause we both so alike, and can read each other's minds. Happy new year, Min.

Anonymous said...

Hi i thought Id let you know my prints..


L pinky:loop
L ring:loop
L middle: loop
L index: arch
L thumb: double loop

R pinky:loop
R ring:loop
R middle: loop
R index: double loop
R pinky: peacock's eye

Is this strange? I didn't think so..but I was not sure..

H.L. said...

Hi, perfectly normal fingerprints but the last one is uncommon - peacock's eye on little finger. This print is uncommon on all fingers except ring finger.

H.L. said...

About similar fingerprints - yes in family members they tend to be similar. The ACTUAL fingerprints may be different but look at the details, such as the shape of the whorl, the distance between the ridges. It is in these details that you will often find similarities between hands of family members that you won't find with other people.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know like what percentage the country has of each type, whorl, arch, or loop?

Anonymous said...

everyone always talks about their special fingerprints... i'd just like to say i'm normal! Loops and arches.

phobos said...

Here are my prints from left --> right palms up.

L thumb: whorl
L index: tented arch
L middle: loop
L ring: peacock's eye
L pinky: double loop

R pinky: loop
R ring: pocket loop
R middle: loop
R index: whorl
R thumb: whorl

Anonymous said...

I think I am a totally "whorly" person. . .
I have all whorls. :-)

Anonymous said...

All of my finger prints are peacock eyes. Then I even have some lines that overlap the finger prints like horizontal lines through my thumbs and a star on my first and second finger on my right hand. The star on the second finger has four lines surrounding it making it look like a square around it but none of the short lines around it actually touch. Anyways, I've got a bunch of other little lines on my finger tips but the most noticeable ones were the ones I mentioned. The only different between the peacock's eyes on all of my fingers is that some face to the left and others face to the right. Weird isn't it?

H.L. said...

That's interesting, you have ulnar and radial peacock's eyes? Ulnar means facing the little finger, Radial means facing the thumb side. Handreaders associate peacock's eyes with perfectionism and the ability to escape/avoid accidents if on the ring finger. Does this sound like you?

It is common to have lines on the fingerprints especially horizontal ones, I don't know about particular shapes.

Anonymous said...

Do bull's eyes have any significance attached to them? And how often do people have symmetrical patterns on the right and left hands? My prints are all REALLY symmetrical, and all whorls, except for loops on my pinky fingers. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

hi does your right and left hand have the exact same finger prints?

H.L. said...

Right and left hand fingerprints are often (but not always) the same. E.g. if you have a whorl on your left thumb it is likely that you also have a whorl on your right thumb. But they are never EXACTLY the same. Every fingerprint is truely unique, even when comparing your own left and right hands.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have a double loop on my right thumb and also my right palm.
Can you tell me what that means???
Curious!!

Anonymous said...

I just got finger printed for a job and was told I have rare finger prints. 1 in 3 million is what the officer told me. So i got online to see what else I could find. I, like some other people a few other people that have posted, have ALL ARCHES. I don't know if its significant, but i have 9 out of 10 arches on my toes too. I figured if it was rare to have so many arches on my fingers i thought it my be rare to have that many on my toes too. If you have any other info please email me at abingam@uwplatt.edu

Anonymous said...

I have a different fingerprint on my right pointing finger to my other fingers

Mia Soul said...

I have humor loops on both my palms!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I had all whorl on eight of my finger and loop on my two little finger, is this rare? the loop bigger part facing the thumb on both little finger.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
This page is great, I have been curious about my fingerprints since the sixth grade.
I have loops on all fingers except right hand index finger, which is an arch. What would that mean, paersonality wise?

Anonymous said...

apart from the fact that I can't spell!

Myspace.com/70550099 said...


Left Hand (left to right)
Double Loop
Radial Loop
Radial Loop
Radial Loop
Radial Loop

Right Hand (left to right)
Radial Loop
Whorl
Radial Loop
Radial Loop
Double Loop

Anonymous said...

mine are all different

Trey33 said...

Hello. I have tented arches on all fingers except for the thumbs. I was told once that this is very uncommon. Is this the case, and if so, does it hold any special meaning?

H.L. said...

Those with mostly one type of fingerprints will make you loopy, whorly etc., I suggest reading the associated comment above.

Mostly tented arches is really unusual, I have never heard of such a case. I've only rarely come across one and never more than a few. Would be great to get a picture of it (frvc at dse dot nl) to confirm the fingerprints. Are you a highly energetic, energized person?

Anonymous said...

Got all radial loops on my left hand and 4 radial on my right, the fift is a peacockseye and its on the index finger.
I dont have any loops at the base of my fingers wich was described as most common, there are more like uppsidedown archs on the base of every finger.

/Daniel

Alisa said...

My son just found out in Biology that he has arch prints on all fingers, what does this mean. She told him that it is rare.

Julie said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Anonymous said...

I just got my prints done. The man told me I have all arch prints on all ten fingers. He said that is extremely rare, is that true? What does this mean? He was pretty shocked with my hands. I read a study online that said Dutch people are more likely to have arches which is interesting because my ancestors are from Holland.

name said...

Please write anything else!

Anonymous said...

My right hand is all loops except for the pinky and my left is all tented arches except for my thumb. They all look like tented arches unless I look really carefully. How weird is that?

Anonymous said...

I am a 23 year old blonde white female with hazel eyes from Los Angeles. Every single one of my fingers is the most common loop pattern except for my right index/pointer finger, which is a tented arch. I heard this is rare (seen in less than 1 out of 100 people). My dad is half Swedish and half Welsh with blond hair and blue eyes, my mother is Russian, German and other Mediterranean Jewish with brown hair and eyes. I checked my mom and my dad and my boyfriend and 3 other friends and none of them have the tented arch. One time on CSI Miami one of the CSIs pointed out a suspect had a tented arch and that it was very rare! It made me feel special.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
My daughter has no finger/toe prints. Does that mean something? Is this because she is too young and hasn't developed them yet?She is 11
She also doesn't have any well defined palm lines, just a mass of very thin lines going down from her fingers to her palms, that are barely noticeable.
Parents, grandparents and 2 siblings all have fingerprints.

H.L. said...

Hi,
No fingerprints is extremely rare. Sometimes fingerprints fade away and I've seen this on older people - they are still there but just not visible. Because she is young that seems to suggest there really are no fingerprints. Do her hands sweat? In any case I think you should go with her to a dermatologist.

Not well defined palm lines is much more common. I'd have to see a picture of the hand to see how defined the lines are. Would it be possible to get a picture or scan? You could send it to: frvc [at] dse [dot] nl (don't worry, I never post other people's hands online)

Here's an article about a genetic disorder which can cause this condition (but that does not necessarily mean that someone without fingerprints has this disorder): http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2771451&page=1

Anonymous said...

hi im doing a science fair abou finger prints do you have any suggestions on how to compare them. The scince fair question is do finger print on your finger come from your mom or dad

Pizza_ Big Face said...

this is so weird. ...

Allie said...

I love this page. I take a forensics class, and we study fingerprints a lot, so I already know what I (as well as most of my class mates and my teacher) have, but it's still fun to read about. I have ulnar loops on all fingers except my pointers and my left thumb. On the pointers I have double loops, and on my left thumb I have a "Peacock's Eye".

Anonymous said...

hi... latin male, 37 from new jersey... i have whorls on all my fingers, except for the pinkies on both hands.. there i have peacock eyes on both.. my toes are all peacock eyes except for the middle toes on both.. they are double whorls.. rare? i am interested in knowing.. meestah13@yahoo

Anonymous said...

hi, i have all arches for fingerprints. is this really rare?

Anonymous said...

Hi, This is Therese, I have the peacock eye on EVERY finger. I have always found it weird, especially now.

amore_terry@yahoo.com

Cirrus said...

I have a whorl on each palm, around the area of my thumb base... have always found this weird, nobody I know or have met has this.

They are both raised and are quite obvious... is this rare?

I can't tell what any of my fingerprints are. :(

northcirrus@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i am very intrigued by a weird mark on my palm print. i have three concentric circles (sort of like a peacock's eye but perfect circles), one after another dead center in-between mercury and apollo mounts on my left hand. can anyone give me insight as to what this may mean? i also have tri -radius finger prints.

Anonymous said...

another thing that i think is weird, (i posted above) is that all of my arches, except one, have varying degrees of loops in them, whether it is one small one or multiple small ones and i also have one "accidental" print.

HiPath Open office said...

Is the use of fingerprints to identify criminals really flawless?

Anonymous said...

Hello.
Interesting. I checked my fingers and found that I have whorls on all the ten fingers. Is it common or has got any significance? Regards
RPN

lindseylee said...

oh yeh i got the arch on the index finger...

Anonymous said...

Hiya :]
Okay soo... here are my prints:
right hand(thumb to pinky):
whorl, radial loop, peacock eye, whorl, borderline peacock eye(kind of a loop).
left hand(thumb to pinky):
whorl, loop, loop, peacock eye, loop.
E-mail me :D I would like to know what that might mean althugh it doesn't sound to unusual. jewwww64@aim.com
thanks!

Anonymous said...

Heyy again...
haha I was looking at my toes just after posting the comment above this one and was wondering if toeprints have any significance.
left foot(big toe to pinky toe):
whorl, loop, composite, loop, loop.
right foot(big toe to pinky toe):
whorl, loop, composite, loop, loop.
E-mail me jewwww64@aim.com

Anonymous said...

Tented arches on both index fingers, loops on all the rest.

Anonymous said...

well..

for sum reason

i have loops on all my ringers but one....
i have wirl =[ is sumthing rong with me??


enyway yes...
im boerd so yeah...

yeah...

Anonymous said...

I got 2 tented arches :D
one on my right middle finger
and one on my left index
the rest are loops
does that make me 1/40000

from zak

cexee said...

I was checking out my fingerprints and they are not rare ones as far as I know but I noticed that my thumbs have double loops, my last three fingers on both hands are ulnar loops along with my right index finger but my left index finger is a tented arch. I looked at my husbands and his thumbs , and all fingers have the same pattern of ulnar loops except his left index is different than all fingers like mine with a regular whorl. Are most people like this or is it in a specific blood heritage to have the left index completely different?

vijay said...

I have the whorl type print in all finger and I also have the same on the both thumb, can any conclude the future or any thing else.

H.L. said...

zak: the tented arch on your middle finger is the rarest, about 0.6% of people have it. Not as rare as you say but still quite rare.

cexee: your tented arch on the index finger is quite uncommon. Having different index finger patterns on each hand is quite common.

vijay: all whorls is a bit uncommon but I've seen it a few times. It is more common in some parts of the world esp. some parts of Asia.

toeprints comment: as far as i know not much is known about toeprints, which is unfortunate. I'd like to see some toeprint statistics.

Anonymous said...

what happens if you cut off a chunk of your skin, including finger prints. :( do they grow back?

H.L. said...

Yes they should grow back to be exactly as they were before. In the past some criminals have tried to remove their fingerprints and failed, because they always grow back.

Anonymous said...

Just curious... It looks as though all the fingerprints on my right hand are whorls--some almost as symmetrical as bullseyes--while on my left hand it's all big wavy loops. Is that common? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My fingerprints have vanished. Apparently I no longer have friction ridges on my fingers. My age is 88. Perhaps this is relevant to the disappearance.

H.L. said...

Yes this is probably age related. Most probably your fingerprints are still there but just difficult to see, obscured by creases in the skin. You could try checking with a magnifying glass, or otherwise make a print. To make a print you need water-soluble paint and an ink roller:
1. put a little bit of paint on a hard, flat surface - for example a mirror or sheet of plastic placed on a table.
2. spread the paint evenly using a roller
3. now use the roller to 'roll' the paint onto your finger.
4. press the finger on a sheet of white paper.

Lain said...

I was wondering if anyone could help me with this one. Ever since I learned about fingerprints in school all those years ago I have wondered about the rarity or non-rarity of my fingerprints. So if anyone could give me a low down on the meanings and whatnot then thanks.

R- thumb: looks like maybe a double loop.
R-index: whorl
R-middle: loop
R-ring: peacock
R-pinky: loop

L-thumb: loop
L-index: loop
L-middle: loop
L-ring: loop
L-pinky: loop I believe

Anonymous said...

I have all arches. My mother has nine arches, and her mother has all arches. Is that weird?

Ideulogy said...

Greeting H.L.,

I am quite curious as to whether there are any fingerprints or other dermaglyphs that are uniquely inherent of musicality. I don't know if this post is still active, but any sort of response is much appreciated. Also, thank you for making my night more interesting, as my hands are now very inky.

I suppose I to will include a list of my prints. One hand is more remarkable then the other. Guess which.

Left hand, thumb through pinky:
Loop - Loop - Loop - Loop - Loop.

Right hand, pinky through thumb:
Double Loop - Peacock Eye - Loop - Peacock Eye - Double Loop.

Interpretation is encouraged!

Anonymous said...

I have simple arches on all 10 fingers and am left handed.

Anonymous said...

All peacok's eye!!!

Anonymous said...

hey me again the one who said"All peacok's eye!!!" Is it normal????

Dheeraz said...

Well, I have same pattern in all 10fingers, palm and even in legs. All pattern is ulnar loop only. Doesn't it sound unique? I don't know exactly, what it signifies? Any clue??

Maruthi H C said...

Hi Sir,
I have peacock eye on left hand index finger and double loop on right hand thumb finger. Is it rare if so wat ti indicates.

Anonymous said...

I have plain whorls on 9 fingers and a double whorl on my left thumb.

Anonymous said...

i have a almost tented arch but it is to low to be one. It looks like it's in the middle of a normal arch and a tented arch. Oh, and it's on my middle finger on my left hand.the traits for the arch match me prefectly, but the tented arch traits don't match me at all. So i don't think it's rare but it could be, but i really don't know.

Anonymous said...

hi, what does it mean that all of my loops come from the pinky side except my left index finger comes from the thumb side?

thanks, Sita (www.sitaji.com)

h.l. said...

Quite a few comments/questions to catch up to!

Lain: your fingerprints are not that uncommon, although having such different prints on left and right hands is not so common. Your least common print is the peacock's eye on the ring finger.

"I have all arches. My mother has nine arches, and her mother has all arches." - this is interesting, it clearly shows how fingerprints are inherited.

Ideulogy: that's a very interesting mix of fingerprints. As to your question about musicality - loops around the base of the thumb i.e. on the palm itself have been associated with musical ability. The exact locations can be found in this article, figure 12:
http://www.edcampbell.com/PalmD-History.htm

"All peacock's eye" - that seems very unusual, would love to see a picture of that. I think 4 or 5 is the most I've ever seen.

10 ulnar loops on all finger: I've seen it a few times (don't know about feet though). It would make you an intensely 'loopy' person (see loop characteristics in this article)

"tented arch on my middle finger" if it is not exactly like the picture it is probably not a 'true' tented arch.

'loop from the thumb side on index finger'- that's a radial loop, which is common on the index finger but uncommon on all other fingers. Why it is so common on the index finger is a mystery.

"peacock eye on left hand index finger " - this is definitely quite rare. The double loop on the thumb is relatively common (but less common than a loop or whorl).

Anonymous said...

hey I had to get fingerprinted for work and I learned that all of my fingerprints are arches. The guy who was doing my fingerprints said that in his twenty-five year career, he hasn't seen this. Why did he say it was rare to have ten arches?

Anonymous said...

All Peacock eyes!!! :)

Anonymous said...

all loops apart from right middle finger, which is an arch; my left index finger is ALMOST an arch but not quite, it has a loop in it.
Strange thing is that,on all the other fingers "next" to every loop (in the same fingerpring) there's a small arch, on the thumb side of my hands.

Lina said...

hey there, all ten are whorly, could you plz tell what that means?
raganiuqste@yahoo.ca thank you in advance

Anonymous said...

I have arches on all 10. Is that rare?

Tandy said...

Hi, does anyone know what a whorl just below and between the ring and pinkie finger means. P.S. It is not the loop of humour.

h.l. said...

"arches on all 10" - some time back I would have said that this is very rare, but I think you are now the 10th or 11th person to post about having 9 or 10 arches! But maybe that's just a coincidence.

"whorl just below and between the ring and pinkie finger" - that's very rare, I've only seen it once before. Is it a small whorl or a large whorl? Do you have any other loops or whorls on the palm? Is it only on one hand?

Anonymous said...

Hey,I have a strange assortment of prints ranging from loops to whorls to peacock's eyes to unclassifiable. But my real question is about a weird print on my palm. On my left palm, below my thumb, I have a peacock's eye. It isn't on my right palm and I haven't been able to find anyone else with one, either. If you can tell me what it might mean please e-mail me at Lambda114@hotmail.com. Thanks.

<333erincullen!! said...

wow this is kewl!!! haha im doing a science fair project with fingerprints and i stumbled across this! i have all loops baby!! i do wish i had something a little different.... but oh well .. oh wow i just found my step sisters toe undies... ew... (she uses them for dance btw...) peacee OUTT!!


<333erincullen!!

Anonymous said...

I think I have an "eye of the peacock" print on my right palm(I'm right handed), opposite side of thumb. Also one on my third finger right hand. What does it mean?

enrichedcat said...

i have peacock eyes on all fingers , and on palm of hand what does that means.

Anonymous said...

All of my fingers have radial loops, except my right ringer finger, which has a peacocks eye but alos loops out radially. The peacocks eye may have been caused by a serious burn I recieved when I was younger.

Anonymous said...

Omg the part about telling character traits is so true. I have the peacocks eye on my index finger and I am a definately a perfectionist and I am also an ambassador so i am definitley a public image.

Anonymous said...

all of my fingers are whorl, is that mean anything ?

Anonymous said...

I think I have a horizontal loop on my right thumb. Any idea where I can find a picture of such a print?

Rushi G said...

Hi what does a peacocks eye on the right and left pinky fingers mean?
I have whorls on all other fingers on my right hand.

Left hand
thumb - loop
index - peacock's eye
middle - loop
ring - whorl
pinky - peacock's eye

Gina said...

I have radial loops on all 10 fingers(with the loops on each hand leading away from their respective thumbs).

Anonymous said...

Hey i have a loop and an arch on all 10 fingers and under my pinkies on each hand below the halfway crease line I have huge whorls one is a spiral that twirls right till there is no more room and the other whorl becomes a peacock but the middle looks more like an 8

Akayla said...

Hello.

Sorry for adding to the piles of questions already here, but I found this site after trying to find a particular meaning for a very odd set of prints on my palms. Said prints are, on my right
(dominant)hand, a whorl within an arch between my ring and pinky fingers and a whorl within a loop girdling my ring finger. On my left (passive) hand, a whorl within a delta lies also between my ring and pinky fingers. Since I was very small I've been in the habit of studying my hands, and I swear they look for all the world like an open eye, a necklace, and the infamous 'Eye in the Triangle' symbols (respectively).

Sorry for the intricate post, but I'd really like to know if anyone can explain this to me.
Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have the same fingerprint on each finger: a whorl - concentric circles - that extends out to the edge of each finger. What does this mean?

Lisa

lisa3753@yahoo.com

silver_blind_wolf said...

but i have archs on top with a loop on botom on ALL MY FINGERS. the sie makes it seem like that is impossible but here i am, staring at the proof

J. said...

I have an accidental arch on my R index, a central pocket loop (whorl) on my L middle finger, and a Peacock's Eye (whorl) on my L ring finger. Everything else is Ulnar, but some of the central areas of the ulnar loops are really thin - the innermost loop lines are very close together - just a bit more squishing, and they would look like the accidental arch.

Anonymous said...

my son has all arches except left thumb

Daniel Khazeni-Rad said...

From Left thumb to right to pinky, Whirl, Double whirl, Tented Arch, peackocks eye, peacocks eye.

From right thumb to pinky,
Peacocks eye, my right index finger has a broken double arch cut directly down the middle??? this is the one a I am amused by. Loop peacocks eye peacock eye.

On an ethnic note I am a cross between northern middle eastern, i.e Iran and north United Kingdom!

Any idea about the messed up index finger

FreeBee said...

I have all 10 whorls. Truely independent, inflexible, individualistic & also a weirdo

FreeBee said...

I have whorl on all 10 fingers. Truely independent, inflexible, individualistic and a weirdo. I read somewhere that people who have same type of fingerprint on all fingers are very rare, like a few in a million. Is it true?

h.l. said...

About same fingerprint on each finger being rare - no that is not true for 'all loops' and 'all whorls' because these prints are the two most common prints. All arches or any other fingerprint which is not so common would be rare to have on all fingers.

About the "index finger has a broken double arch cut directly down the middle" that sounds very interesting. Is it not a kind of double loop? Would be interested in seeing a picture of that.

About the fingerprint-type patterns on the palm, those are rare occurrences with the possible exception of a loop on the 'ulnar' side of the palm which seems relatively common. I have only once found whorls between the fingers, on a person with quite an eccentric personality.

About the arches with a loop at the bottom...that is probably a type of loop (there is no such thing as an arch-loop, it is one or the other). If the loop is very small it may look like an arch, but it is still a loop. I suspect the way the loop looks can hint at the origin of the person (e.g. long thin loops, thick short loops, high/low triradius, etc.). It would be interested to know your family origins?

Hope this answers at least a few of the questions...

Anonymous said...

Hi.
All my fingerprints are Ulnar loops except for on my left hand on my index finger, which is an arch. I'm not sure though if that is a tented arch or just a normal arch though. Could you tell me what it means?
It's just funny because my triplet sister has all Ulnar loops.

mail me at: dark_satoshi_kaitou@live.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I recently saw my fingerprint highlighted and my left index finger seemed to include an image of a man, with a hat like in the 1800's. It really startled me. Have you ever heard of anything like that before? I know we can see pictures in the clouds ect., maybe that is what this was, but it jumped out at me at the time.

Anonymous said...

What does it mean when you have lines across your fingerprints? All of my fingers have deep, unnatural lines crossing through them either horizontally or vertically and they cut through the finger print. Does that mean anything?

Anonymous said...

i was told when i submitted a security clearnce request that all of my fingerprints are arches. how rare is that?

Vedz said...

Hi. I have radial peacock's eyes on all 10 fingers. On the left hand the lines follow left to right pattern and vice versa for right hand. Is this a rare and what does it signify ?

Anonymous said...

I have radial loops on all ten fingers. This seems to be extremely rare. What do you think? sarah.arminta@me.com

Beyachan said...

I have all ulnar loops on both hands, and I have that loop in between my index and middle finger on my right hand. I also have a memory loop on my right hang. I have no prints on my left palm whatsoever.
Is this rare?

Anonymous said...

loops on both thumbs, arch on both index fingers, arch on both middle fingers, peacock eye on one middle finger loop on the other and tented arch on one pinky and whorl on the other.

barbralee said...

Hi, I have all bullseye whorls on all ten fingers.. Looking at one photos online, I guess they are plain whorls. They are truly bullseyes. Can you tell me what that means?

I had a guy who read fingerprints freak out at mine...said usually only famous people like rockstars had them.

Thanks for any input!

h.l. said...

A lot of posts from people with the same fingerprint on all finger. This is not so rare for loops and whorls (all whorls doesn't make a rockstar or famous person, that's nonsense, it's just a bit less common than all loops and palmists would say that would make for a strong, individualistic personality). All arches and all peacock's is definitely quite rare though, and I'd think that all radial loops would indeed be extremely rare - are you sure that's not ulnar loops? In palmistry all peacock's eyes would signify very high attention to detail, precision and perfectionism.

Anonymous said...

I use to fingerprint employees and while taking the training found out I had 10 arches and realized the rarity of it. I was told a study was done by the Dept of Justice on individuals with 10 arches to see if there were significant findings with those who were serial killers. I am so grateful that the findings were not significant or I would never let anyone know that I had 10 arches. I also found out that the world population of those with all arches is extremely low.

Anonymous said...

hi thanks for the interesting moments I spent here...
I have 4 peacock's on my left hand as I think the one on my index is whorl and my right one goes from the index like that:whorl,loop,loop,peacock and loop...I am right handed...am I a prisoner of the destiny of my fingertips now? otherwise very true...hide myself always...and also got the passion line on the left...could u advise me any way regarding it? thanks
Sandor from Hungary

ispiek_85 said...

Hello,
I have a whorl which has an "s" shape in the center of the whorl. Sort of like a ying-yang sign. When I got my palm read once, the reader said I had masculine-feminine qualities.

Anonymous said...

Hi all
On Thursday me and some mates went to this CSI thing
and it turns out I have an accidental fingerprint on my left index and on my right middle?? Is anything wrong??!! Tap back and let me know cheers

Anonymous said...

10 radial loops.... at first I thought "couldn't be....must be 10 ulnar loops" - ie pinky originated...but no, they all have arches toward the thumb. is this odd? what does it mean?

Anonymous said...

Good brief and this fill someone in on helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you as your information.

Anonymous said...

I have all loops except for my left hand middle finger is a tented arch . (:

dawg said...

I have ten whorls as well. I'm not sure if the characteristics are correct, but they're not off base either.

Anonymous said...

hello, i have an interesting one. I have all flat arches on all my fingers, and a handreader associated that with "allostatic load", can you please elaborate on that a bit further?

roro said...

ah man i think i've got a radial loop on my pinkie finger aaaaaah!!! :D :D

Anonymous said...

ok, i m trying to see my pinky fingerprint, but there r almost like dents/wrinkles or something over the print. its like the lines on my finger went to far and went over my print. but i think its a arch

Anonymous said...

left hand (thumb to pinky)-
tented arch
whorl
peacock eye
radial loop
whorl

right hand (pinky to thumb)-
radial loop
peacock eye
whorl

are these rare?
whorl
double loop

Holly said...

Hi. My name is Holly. We did a fingerprint activity today at school. I have all loops, and my hands are mirror images of each other. Is this unusual?

Holly said...

Hi. We did a fingerprint activity in class today. I have all loops, and my hands are mirror images of each other. Is this unusual?

Anonymous said...

I have all loops for except a tented arch on my left index finger. I never knew that tented arches were so rare!!

Anonymous said...

My daughter has all arches...

Anonymous said...

All Whorls

Anonymous said...

Hi HL,

I remember your site from 4 years ago, and now I've come back again! :)

Is this considered rare?

I have arches on all 5 fingers on LT hand, and 3 arches on RT, with ring and pinkie that's a small loop within the arch.

What do you think?
Could you please email me @ sandyw239@hotmail.com
Thanks!:)

Sandra said...

Hi,

I have all arches on LT hand. And 3 arches on RT hand, with ring and pinkie tiny loop within the arch, the loop's arch is from the ulnar side.

What do you think?

Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

I am really Glad i came across this blog.Added handlines.blogspot.com to my bookmark!

Anonymous said...

L THUMB LOOP
L INDEX LOOKS LIKE CROSS WITH LOOP AND PEACOCKS EYE
L MIDDLE ARCH
L RING WHORL
L PINKY ARCH


R THUMB DOUBLE ARCH
R INDEX WHORL
R MIDDLE ARCH
R RING PEACOCKS EYE
R PINKY LOOPS WITH ARCH
message me if this is normal
hammaadisawum@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

heyo this is Jesse, i got a question ... is it rare to have arches on your palms where your fingers start?

missy said...

i have a whorl print on my left hand oppisite of my thumb, and it even has a small bump, i always told ppl that it was my 6th finger.

Anonymous said...

Are any of these unusual?
Right Hand
R-Thumb: Whorl
R-Index: Looks like a whorl, but it kinda goes two ways in the middle of my finger, it parts.
R-Middle: Whorl
R-Ring: Loop, not starting from the right or left sides, just from the middle.
R-Pinky: Left Loop

Left Hand
L-Thumb: Right Loop
L-Index: Right Loop
L-Middle: Double Loop
L-Ring: Looks like a loop (or a whorl, It looks more like a loop) Is not starting from the right or left (again) but from the middle (Again)
L-Pinky: Right Loop

Right Foot (I'm just going to go by thumbs and index, etc like the fingers, but for my toes.)
R-Big Thumb: Looks like a left loop
R-Index: I dont know, it looks like a arch, but it has a parting just underneath it. Like a tent, but not quite. Its rounded.
R-Middle: It looks like a double loop, Im not sure.
R-Ring: Left Loop
R-Pinky: Left Loop

Left Foot
L-Thumb: I cant tell (because of the bad prints I took) But it looks like (im pretty sure it is) a Right Loop
L-Index- It looks like an arch, forming from the right (a right arch) :)
L-Middle: Arch
L-Ring: Right Loop
L-Pinky: It looks like a mini-version of the tented arch.

Are any of these unusual?
Do you know what my right index FINGER is? And my right and left Ring FINGERS are?
And my Right Index TOE and my right Middle TOE and my Left Pinky TOE mean?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have a peacocks eye on my index finger, a double whirl on my thumb and then the rest are a misture of whirls and loops.

I have had a look at my feet too! I have a memory loop on both feet - a loop that is half way up my foot on opposite side to big toe, is this common?

sotwisty said...

Heya! In class, we were doing a fingerprint lab. The thing is. . . I have ALL Peacocks on every finger. I'm only right handed. Dad is Italian. Mom is Polish and German. Rare???


Thanks,
Sophia

Anonymous said...

hello i have a peacocks eye on the palm of my hand underneath my thumb im very interested in what this means

Brenda (Mom) said...

My 14 year old son just out of no where showed me he had a finger print on his right palm. I had never noticed it before...I Thought..."That's strange...isn't it?" Started googling and found your site. Also, on another site..found out it is a print called a target whorl.?!
If you wouldn't mind just emailing me and letting us know what this is...and if it has a meaning.
BrendaBringman@yahoo.com
Thankyou,
Brenda Bringman (Mom)

Josh said...

I have 8 tented arches and two loops the loops are on my thumbs. I thought maybe I was wrong and I have had a hand anaylsis and two friends look at my fingers and they agreed. The puts me soundly only in the school of wisdom but I am having a hard time finding more information do you think you could direct me to more information.

narave said...

all archs. could you tell me what its mean?

narave89@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

ive got loops on my thumbs, a tented arch on my index finger on my right hand, and whorls on all the resst!! :)

Matt7777444 said...

I have a tented arch on my left pinky, an arch on my right pinky toe, and the rest of the prints for fingers and toes are loops. Is this normal?

Matt7777444 said...

Please give me a answer, I've been trying to figure this out for over a month.

Pami Ozaki said...

I have whorls on all ten fingers.

Pami Ozaki said...

I have whorls on all ten fingertips.

Anonymous said...

I got all loops except for my left index finger is an arch. Is this common or rare?

JC said...

Hi, I have arch fingerprints on ALL TEN of my fingers. When I was little, a police officer demonstrated how to take fingerprints and used me as an example. When he did the inked prints, all ten showed up the same print. He was fascinated with this because he said he'd never seen that. Does this mean anything? I have always felt this to be an interesting personal trait to have and have wondered for decades if there is any meaning behind it.

Anonymous said...

i think i have a Tented arch

Anonymous said...

I had to get fingerprinted today for my job (getting my series 6 securities license) and found out that I have all arches on all ten fingers! The person who fingerprinted me said that he has never seen that before and that it is extremely rare. Hmm, I learned something new about myself today!

Anonymous said...

hi,i have a double whorl on the palm of my right hand,opposite the base of my thumb.i am right handed.what does this mean?

Tori said...

I'm a senior taking forensics in highschool, and my teacher thought my finger prints were unusual. What do you think?

LEFT HAND
Thumb - Ulnar loop
Index - tented arch
Middle - tented arch
Ring - tented arch
Pinky - ulnar loop

RIGHT HAND
.... Same exact thing as left hand.

Anonymous said...

Very odd - I just got fingerprinted for a job and the woman said she'd never seen anyone with 10 arches before. all ten of my fingerprints are the same, very subtle arches. yet i see that someone else just found they have ten arches, too! i wonder if it means anything?

Anonymous said...

I have a whirl on one thumb(right hand), a loop on the other thumb(left hand),and then loops on every single other finger both right and left hands is this rare?

Eve said...

Left Hand
Thumb- Arch
Pointer Finger- Arch
Middle Finger- Arch
Ring Finger- The top looks like an arch but as the arch gets smaller the ends swirl out and make it look like a loop
Pinky- Same thing ^^

Right Hand
Thumb- Loop
Pointer Finger- Arch
Middle Finger- Arch
Ring Finger- Arch
Pinky Finger: Same thing as the other Pinky finger...

Is this weird?

«Oldest ‹Older   1 – 200 of 235   Newer› Newest»