Single Letter Frequencies for Modern English Spelling
Vivian Cook  Spelling Statistics
based on a 1 million-word  sample

e

557,331

t

401,499

a

362,559

o

340,157

n

317,669

i

311,560

s

286,499

h

271,880

r

257,079

d

190,472

l

189,582

u

130,678

c

117,936

m

108,900

g

101,871

w

100,294

f

96,431

y

84,729

p

80,953

b

62,140

v

40,729

k

39,958

j

7,868

x

7,608

q

4,319

z

2,472

Letter frequencies in English

Gaines (1938):E  T  A  O  N   I   S   R   H   L
Norvig (n.d.):   E  T  A  O   I   N  S   R   H   L 
  Here:               E  T  A  O  N   I   S   H   R   D   

Frequencies for other keyboard characters
.      65,518  1.39%
     ,    63,470  1.35%   
“      32,057  0.68%
-      22,603   0.48%
‘       17,032  0.36%
?        6,414   0.14%
!         4,812  0.10%
;         4,457  0.09%
:         2,981  0.06%
  –          644   0.01%

Numbers
1 2552
2 1878
3 1019
4 1120
5 1069
6  743
7  500
8  465
9  868
0 2213
£    60
$    50
&  157
% 191
/  561
( 1600
) 1617
[   981
]  980
–  644
@   10

 

Frequencies calculated from D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers (done some time ago)
(161,000 words; 714,018 letters)

  

Letters

e 86,333
t 57,288
a 52,288
h 50,608
o 48,054
i 44,512
s 43463
n 42,920
r 37,290
d 31,707
l 29, 833
w 18,992
u 18, 127
m 17,869
y 14,462
g 14,178
f 13,297
c 12,971
b 9,282
p 9,265
k 7,169
v 5,053
x 686
j 564
q 512
z 194

Digraphs

he 28169
th 18,592
er 12,935
in 11,883
an 9,787
re 8,541
ar 4,550
en 6,521
ti 2704
te 4,432

Trigraphs

the 12,556
ing 5,457
and 5,439
ent 1,595
ion 653