Is your pet a little... special? Rather than tip toeing around, does it stomp about proudly like a king or queen? Here, you can find out about Egyptian royal names and their meanings! Maybe you’ll find the perfect name for your furry little friend? Cleopatra and Hatschepsut are some of the few female Pharaohs that have become well-known. As these names are a little hard to pronounce, they are best for small animals or birds because they don’t have to understand and respond to their names. Or you could consider a shortened name or nickname, like Neffy, Hatsche or Hatschyyyy ;)
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|Antef||"His father brought him"|
|Akhenaten||"Living spirit of the Aten" (Egyptian sun god)|
|Hatshepsut||"Foremost of Noble Ladies"|
|Imhotep||"The one who comes in peace"|
|Khafra||"He appears like Ra" (Egyptian sun god)|
|Kuhfu||"He protects me"; Builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza|
|Kleopatra||"The goddess Cleopatra who is beloved of her father"|
|Nefertiti||"Beautiful are the Beauties of Aten, the Beautiful one has come"; Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten|
|Ramses||"Ramesses, beloved of Amun"" (God of fertility)|
|Thutmosis||"Born of Thoth" (God of the moon)|
|Tutankhamun||"Living Image of Aten" (Egyptian sun god)|
What is a Pharaoh?
Pharaoh is the word used for the monarchy/rulers that ruled over all of Ancient Egypt. The word comes from “per aa”, which means something like “big house”. This refers to the royal court or palace. The Pharaoh was seen as the link between humans and the gods, and they had “Horus names” because Horus was the the royal god. Some Pharaohs had animals in their Horus names, e.g. Tutankhamun and Ramses, the “strong bull”.
The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt were the tombs of Pharaohs. Although people only had simple tools like hammers, chisels, saws and axes, they managed to create true masterpieces under the direction of skilled builders. The most famous is the Cheops Pyramid in Giza (Cairo). It was built using over 2 million (!) blocks of stone and is 754 ft (230 m) long and 482 ft (147 m) high. There are different theories about how these heavy stones were brought to the site. Each weighed around 2.5 tons, as much as two small cars. We still don’t know today how they managed it.
The Sphinx and Other Animal Statues
The best-known Egyptian statue is the Sphinx. The term sphinx means “statue” in general but you can’t help but immediately think of the lying lion because the most famous sphinx is “The Great Sphinx of Giza”. It’s 214 ft (73.5 m) long and around 65.6 ft (20 m) high. There are plenty of other statues e.g. of rams, falcons and hawks. During the time of Ramses, many religious buildings were constructed with stone monkeys e.g. the temple in Abu Simbel and a stone column in the Egyptian city of Luxor. The stone monkeys, also called “sun monkeys”, praised the sun by holding their hands high, singing and dancing.
There were many animals in Ancient Egypt, like crocodiles, herons and cranes, ibises, hippos, frogs, lizards, fish, ducks, geese, gazelles and camels. Donkeys, camels, cows, sheep, goats, cats and dogs were kept by humans. People in Ancient Egypt were also very fascinated by horses. The Pharoah Ramses the Great had 460 horses, for instance.
When a Pet Died
The Ancient Egyptians had very close connections with their pets. According to the Greek storyteller Herodot, all family members would shave their eyebrows if their beloved family cat died. When a dog died, they removed all their bodily hair including the hair on their heads. But please don’t try that at home!
Nedjem the Cat and Abutiu the Dog
The first recorded pet names were Nedjem and Abutiu. Nedjem was a cat that lived around 1450 BC and belonged to Pharaoh Amenophis. You can see her at the foot of the Pharaoh in paintings. Abutiu was a dog that was embalmed and mummified after the death of an unknown Pharaoh.