# Generating list of alphabet letters

I want to create a list of length n with the letters of the alphabet.

For example, if n = 3, by list would be {a,b,c}. If n=6, the list would be {a,b,c,d,e,f}.

Is there any easy way to do this?

No need to use *CharacterCode[] :

letters[n_] := CharacterRange["a", "z"][[;; n]]

letters[3]
(*
{"a", "b", "c"}
*)

• I'd say ugly but nice :)
– Kuba
Commented May 23, 2014 at 12:52
• Ha, it works even with non-Latin alphabets.. It is new for me, that Mathematica can correctly understand Cyrillic ranges of symbols :) Commented May 23, 2014 at 13:03
• @Rom38 It works with all letters of all types that exist as a contiguous block in the character space. Commented May 23, 2014 at 13:12
• Yes, it is true, but just 3-4 years ago Mathematica had permanent problems with Cyrillic alphabet (mostly regarded to encodings) Commented May 23, 2014 at 14:50

Nowadays, one can use Alphabet[] along with Take[] or Part[] + Span[]:

Take[Alphabet[], 6]
{"a", "b", "c", "d", "e", "f"}

Take[Alphabet[], {19, UpTo[28]}]
{"s", "t", "u", "v", "w", "x", "y", "z"}


In addition to this, Alphabet[] is aware of alphabets other than the Latin alphabet:

Take[Alphabet["Greek"], 5]
{"α", "β", "γ", "δ", "ε"}

Take[Alphabet["Hebrew"], {4, 8}]
{"ד", "ה", "ו", "ז", "ח"}

 lttrsF = FromCharacterCode /@ (ToCharacterCode[#][[1]] + Range[0, #2-1]) &
lttrsF["b", 4]
(*  {"b", "c", "d", "e"}  *)


You might want to use FromCharacterCode:

FromCharacterCode[n]:

gives a string consisting of the character with integer code n.

letters[n_] := StringSplit[FromCharacterCode[Range[97, 97 + n - 1]], ""]
letters@3


{"a", "b", "c"}