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How to Spell Hanukkah 2012

  1. Hanukkah: 53,200,000 hits.
  2. Chanukah: 8,860,000 hits.
  3. Hannukah: 1,890,000 hits.
  4. Hanuka: 1,440,000 hits.
  5. Hanukah: 1,170,000 hits.
  6. Chanuka: 989,000 hits.
  7. Chanukkah: 670,000 hits.
  8. Hanukka: 522,000 hits.
  9. Channukah: 332,000 hits.
  10. Chanukka: 323,000 hits.
  11. Xanuka: 198,000 hits.
  12. Hannuka: 134,000 hits.
  13. Hannukkah: 120,000 hits.
  14. Channuka: 46,600 hits.
  15. Hannukka: 23,500 hits.
  16. Channukkah: 18,200 hits.
  17. Channukka: 13,400 hits.
  18. Janukah: 12,800 hits.
  19. Janukkah: 9,330 hits.
  20. Chanuqa: 3,730 hits.

Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה) started at sundown on Saturday, December 8th, 2012. This year’s data was collected on the last day, December 16th, since early years have skewed data in the past (and it was a busy week).

My original 2005 post: 16 Ways to Spell Hanukkah.
Updated annually: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Google Trends: Top five spellings since 2005

Notes on data:

I had no luck with either Google’s or Bing’s APIs this year and eventually I just decided to paste the numbers from searches. Data was collected using a Chrome Incognito session to avoid search engine personalization. I thought I might average Bing & Google’s numbers (see 2012 data sheet), but ended up using only Google’s data since their numbers were more consistent.

Updated datasource: How to Spell Hanukkah Spreadsheet