Science, Tech, Math › Science A List of the Elements of the Periodic Table Atomic Number, Element Symbol, and Element Name Share Flipboard Email Print ThoughtCo / Hilary Allison Science Chemistry Periodic Table Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated May 02, 2020 Here's a list of the chemical elements ordered by increasing atomic number. The names and element symbols are provided. Each element has a one- or two-letter symbol, which is an abbreviated form of its present or former name. The element number is its atomic number, which is the number of protons in each of its atoms. Key Takeaways: List of the Elements There are 118 elements on the periodic table. Each element is identified by the number of protons in its atoms. This number is the atomic number. The periodic table lists the elements in order of increasing atomic number. Each element has a symbol, which is one or two letters. The first letter is always capitalized. If there is a second letter, it is lowercase. The names of some elements indicate their element group. For example, most noble gases have names ending with -on, while most halogens have names ending with -ine. H - Hydrogen He - Helium Li - Lithium Be - Beryllium B - Boron C - Carbon N - Nitrogen O - Oxygen F - Fluorine Ne - Neon Na - Sodium Mg - Magnesium Al - Aluminum, Aluminium Si - Silicon P - Phosphorus S - Sulfur Cl - Chlorine Ar - Argon K - Potassium Ca - Calcium Sc - Scandium Ti - Titanium V - Vanadium Cr - Chromium Mn - Manganese Fe - Iron Co - Cobalt Ni - Nickel Cu - Copper Zn - Zinc Ga - Gallium Ge - Germanium As - Arsenic Se - Selenium Br - Bromine Kr - Krypton Rb - Rubidium Sr - Strontium Y - Yttrium Zr - Zirconium Nb - Niobium Mo - Molybdenum Tc - Technetium Ru - Ruthenium Rh - Rhodium Pd - Palladium Ag - Silver Cd - Cadmium In - Indium Sn - Tin Sb - Antimony Te - Tellurium I - Iodine Xe - Xenon Cs - Cesium Ba - Barium La - Lanthanum Ce - Cerium Pr - Praseodymium Nd - Neodymium Pm - Promethium Sm - Samarium Eu - Europium Gd - Gadolinium Tb - Terbium Dy - Dysprosium Ho - Holmium Er - Erbium Tm - Thulium Yb - Ytterbium Lu - Lutetium Hf - Hafnium Ta - Tantalum W - Tungsten Re - Rhenium Os - Osmium Ir - Iridium Pt - Platinum Au - Gold Hg - Mercury Tl - Thallium Pb - Lead Bi - Bismuth Po - Polonium At - Astatine Rn - Radon Fr - Francium Ra - Radium Ac - Actinium Th - Thorium Pa - Protactinium U - Uranium Np - Neptunium Pu - Plutonium Am - Americium Cm - Curium Bk - Berkelium Cf - Californium Es - Einsteinium Fm - Fermium Md - Mendelevium No - Nobelium Lr - Lawrencium Rf - Rutherfordium Db - Dubnium Sg - Seaborgium Bh - Bohrium Hs - Hassium Mt - Meitnerium Ds - Darmstadtium Rg - Roentgenium Cn - Copernicium Nh - Nihonium Fl - Flerovium Mc - Moscovium Lv - Livermorium Ts - Tennessine Og - Oganesson Notes About Naming Most elements on the periodic table are metals and have the -ium suffix. Halogen names usually end with -ine. Noble gas names usually have the -on ending. Elements having names not following this naming convention tend to be ones known and discovered long ago. Future Element Names Right now, the periodic table is "complete" in that there are no remaining spots in the 7 periods. However, new elements may be synthesized or discovered. As with other elements, the atomic number will be determined by the number of protons within each atom. The element name and element symbol will need to be reviewed and approved by the IUPAC before inclusion on the periodic table. The element names and symbols may be proposed by the element discoverer, but often undergo revision before final approval. Before a name and symbol are approved, an element may be referred to by its atomic number (e.g., element 120) or by its systematic element name. The systematic element name is a temporary name that is based on the atomic number as a root and the -ium ending as a suffix. For example, element 120 has the temporary name unbinilium. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "A List of the Elements of the Periodic Table." ThoughtCo, Aug. 28, 2020, thoughtco.com/element-list-names-atomic-numbers-606529. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2020, August 28). A List of the Elements of the Periodic Table. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/element-list-names-atomic-numbers-606529 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "A List of the Elements of the Periodic Table." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/element-list-names-atomic-numbers-606529 (accessed August 1, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: What Is An Atom?