How Many Letters Are in the English Alphabet?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 2, 2020 7:08:09 PM ET

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, consisting of 21 consonants and five vowels. The English alphabet derives from the Latin alphabet that is used in many languages around the world.

The English alphabet traditionally begins with the letter "a" and ends with the letter "z." The order was established at the beginning of the second millennium A.D. The five vowels in the alphabet are "a," "e," "i," "o" and "u." The vowels are the most frequent letters used in the English language. The most common consonants used in the English language are "t," "n," "s," "h" and "r." The least used letters of the English language are "z," "q," "x," "j" and "k."