Egypt is a land that is full of mystery and ancient history. When we think of Egypt we immediately think of mummies, pyramids and pharaohs, but the African country is so much more than that. Egypt was the second civilization to invent writing, with the introduction of proto-hieroglyphs. The history of Egypt goes back further than a lot of people realize. The pharaohs of Egypt go back further even further than the time periods of Julius Caesar or Jesus.
These are some of the reasons it is such a good idea to look to Egypt when deciding on a name for you little bundle of joy. Naming a baby is one of the hardest things a parent will ever have to do. It is a title that will define them for the rest of their life. Some parents know their children’s names before they're even pregnant, because it has some special meaning to them. Others are anxiously going through internet lists in hopes a name may light a fire in their soul.
Sometimes, the best places to look are places that are foreign. They have some of the most unique and historically important names. Names that are taken from Egyptian history are sure to have people taking a second glance and asking for the story behind the name.
There are names that are derived from important pharaohs, as well as names that many don’t even know are Egyptian. With 25 to choose from, we are sure that there is a name here for everyone. Another great bonus is that a lot of these names are unisex and can be used for a little guy or gal.
Lapis is another name for a little girl that has strong Egyptian roots and a beautiful meaning.
In Egyptian, a Lapis is a beautiful azure-blue stone that has been used in jewelry and for its medicinal value since ancient times.
If that is not a strong name meaning, I don’t know what is. Our name defines who we are, and it is always important to look at the meaning of names before we choose to give them to our children because they will define them as they grow up. To be named after a beautiful and healing stone is surely a meaning that anyone would be proud to have.
History and culture are two very different things and they are both just as important. Ancient Egypt was very rich in culture and the things that defined this culture for them was religion, government, arts and writing. Government and religion were tied together as the leader of the government, the Pharaoh, was also the leader of their religion. This is not commonly seen today as there is emphasis placed on the separation of church and state. The Egyptians, somehow, made it work and work well. Only a select group or people in Egypt could read and write, they were known as the scribes, and they were considered very important people.
Cleopatra is a perfect name for your little girl. Many believe that Cleopatra is a story or a myth when it comes to ancient Egypt, and that is probably because there have been many works that have been based off her. William Shakespeare, for example, has his well-known work Antony and Cleopatra.
Cleopatra was a queen of ancient Egypt and was also a partner to Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two Roman leaders.
She was famously bitten by as Asp snake and her story continues to be told. The name translates to mean “of a famous father.”
There are always certain rules and traditions when it comes to royalty and leaders from different countries, and it is one of the most fascinating things about looking back in history. It is always interesting to read how these have changed, if they have at all. Pharaohs were considered the leaders of ancient Egypt. They were the equivalent of a president or prime minister. When we look at picture depictions of Pharaohs we do notice that they always wore a head dress of some sort. This was because a Pharaoh always kept his hair covered, it was not meant to be seen by ‘regular’ people.
Finally, we come to an Egyptian name for your little boy. The name Anubis makes a lot of people think of the well-known Mummy movies, but the name means so much more. In Egyptian times, Anubis was the jackal God. He was often associated with the deceased because the jackal was generally seen prowling about the tombs. Anubis was the one who oversaw the mummification process, as well as escorting the souls that passed through the stages before entering the underworld.
When we hear the name means “God of the dead” we don’t always get the best taste in our mouth. However, this is a job that someone would have had to do, and it is not a job that a lot of people were lining up for. The truth is that everyone’s time on this earth ends, and the Egyptians believed that they were going to an afterlife and Anubis was trusted to get them there safely and with as much compassion and care as possible. When we look at it that way, we can understand that death was not always something to be feared and that there were ones who were excited to see what the rest of the world had to offer.
Dalila is a very common name, although it is normally spelt a little different.
Dalila is the way the Egyptians spelled the name and it means “gentle.”
A lot of moms want their little girls to be gentle. That does not always mean that they are not strong, but that they have a gentle hand and heart when it comes to helping their fellow man (or woman). There were a lot of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Egypt and they were all thought of as gentle and loving. We can go through a few of them here.
Ra was the sun God and was considered the most important God to the ancient Egyptians. He was drawn as a man with a hark head and headdress with a sun disk. At one point, Ra was combined with another god, Amun and he became Amun-Ra. Ra was thought to have created all forms of life and was the supreme ruler. Isis on the other hand was the mother goddess. They believed that she would protect and help people in need, otherwise known as taking on a motherly role. She was drawn as a woman with a headdress in the shape of a throne.
Darius was another name of a Pharaoh and is a name that is used by a lot of Egyptians to this day.
It is another name that is common enough that people can pronounce it, but not so common that people are turning away from this name. Pharaoh’s were considered not only the leader of the empire, but also the leader of the religion. The Pharaoh’s of Egypt built temples as houses for all the Egyptian Gods. Inside these temples, there were performed rituals in hopes of gaining favour with the God’s or getting on their good side.
There were two types of temples that were built in Egypt. The first was called a Cultus and was used to worship a specific God. The second was a Mortuary temple which would be used to worship dead Pharaoh’s. As time went on, the temples grew larger and larger. They would always have a center which was a sanctuary to a specific God, but there were soon many other rooms connected to worship in. The Egyptians worshipped their God’s and help them above everyone else. They truly believed that faith would help lead them through, and it seemed to work really well for these fascinating individuals.
If you thought of pyramids first when you thought of Egypt, we bet that the Nile was very close behind. The Nile will always be associated with Egypt. When it comes to actual name meanings, it is not that exciting. It literally means, “from the Nile.” When we look at the body of water the name comes from it is much more impressive and may be the perfect name for your little one.
There is a lot of history surrounding the Nile.
The Nile was the location of the civilization of Ancient Egypt. The Nile was the source of much of the wealth of the country.
The water that was provided by the Nile was used to grow food. It was seen as a source of life and prosperity. This means that a lot of the great cities of Egypt can be found on the banks of the Nile. They make their homes very close to the source of a lot of their nourishment came from. Every year, the Nile would experience a great flood, and while this seems like a tragedy it was welcomed. The great floods would provide the perfect fertile soil from growing even more food.
Osiris is another name for a little boy that has strong ties and roots to ancient Egyptian history.
Osiris is regarded in history as the king who watches over the netherworld and is rejuvenated in his son, Horus. He is the symbol of eternal life and he was worshipped well by a lot of people.
Due to him being a God of inundation and vegetation, he is also represented as a mummified king. The name translates to mean “God of the Dead.”
The Egyptian process of mummification is fascinating. It can be a little morbid, so we will keep a lot of the gruesome details out of this article, but there are no shortage of websites out there which go through the process in more details. The main component is that they removed all forms of moisture from the body. The key point of mummification was to preserve the body for as long as possible. By removing all the moisture, they could make sure this happened because moisture is what causes decay. If you go to your local museum you will see they did this well, as some mummies are still in good condition for us all to enjoy.
Rashida is a great Egyptian name for the little girl in your life, and it means “righteous.” We live in a world were everyone wants the most unique and uncommon name, and that is why a lot of people look to names from a different country than the one they live in. If mom lives in Canada or the US, names from countries like Egypt would be perfect, because they are not going to be heard very often and they are great conversation starters at your local mom group.
There are a lot of things that are considered very controversial in today’s world. One of them is make-up. When should little girls be able to wear it? Should boys be able to wear make-up? This was not a problem in ancient Egypt, and make-up was very common and was worn by both males and females. It was thought at the time that wearing make-up had healing powers. It also was a great way to protect their skin from the strong sun. They didn’t have sunscreen back then, so make-up was the next best alternative. When we look at picture depictions of past Pharaohs it is not uncommon to see them wearing make-up.
No, I didn’t spell Adam wrong, Adom is a sweet Egyptian name for your little boy.
The name Adom means “receives help from the Gods.”
If you are one who holds a belief set, then you will appreciate and understand the fact that everyone needs a little help from God every now and then and are not ashamed to ask for it. If this describes you than the name Adom may be perfect for your baby boy.
When we look back in history, there are all sorts of customs and traditions that seem odd to us. Things that people did that make us scratch our heads and wonder why they ever would think that would work. When we are pregnant, we do it all the time. We are always looking for old wives’ tales to help us determine the gender and how to force labour to come when we are just tired of being pregnant. We know not to take this too seriously, but we know there was a time when people believed this to be fact. The ancient Egyptians had their own set of odd beliefs. For example, they used to use moldy bread to help with infections. It is unclear whether they ate it, or just rubbed it on the inflicted spot.
There are a lot of traits we wish for our children to have. Before they are even born we are thinking about what kind of person they will become, and who we would like that to be. Most say that a baby’s name has a lot to do in shaping who they will become when they grow older.
The name Sabra is a masculine name that means “patient.” Patience is one of the virtues that we all want our children to have.
Some even think that a person’s name can reflect what kind of career they will have when they grow older. A lot of ancient Egyptians were scientists and mathematicians. Ancient Egyptians are credited with inventing a lot of things. They invented a lot of different ways to build buildings, obviously when we look at their pyramids we can understand why. They also invented medicines, cosmetics, the calendar, the plow for farming, musical instruments and even toothpaste! We owe a lot to the men and women of ancient Egypt, and the least we can do to repay them is honour them with our children’s names. Think about what this world would be like if we didn’t have toothpaste!
If you are looking for a presidential name for your little boy with some Egyptian roots than Gamal is the perfect one. Gamal means “handsome, beautiful” and has significance in the history of ancient Egypt. Gamal Adbel Nasser was the President of Egypt and he ruled from the time of the revolution in 1952 until his death in 1970. He would be a strong namesake for your little boy, who may grow up to be a ruler in his own time.
If you are liking these names but you are looking for something with a more biblical reference than I have some good news for you. While the names themselves may not be from the Bible, ancient Egypt played a large part in the bible. The Israelites were actually held in Egypt as slaves for many years. They were only freed when Moses helped them escape and led them to the promise land. A lot of Egyptians are Christian, but in ancient Egypt they held cats to a high, god-like standard. Cats were considered incredibly sacred in ancient Egypt and were often mummified along with important Pharaohs. Unfortunately, the cats have never forgotten this and still demand to be treated like royalty. Who wants to break the news to them?
Seth is a name that doesn’t scream Egyptian when you read it. It has always been a very common name for little boys all over the world, but its roots are way down in Egyptian history. Seth also has roots in the Bible, so if mom is looking for a name with both biblical and Egyptian roots, this is the perfect name. Seth was the name of the third child born to Adam and Eve. This name came about because he was seen as a gift from God after Eve’s son Cain fought with Abel. If we look at Egyptian mythology, Seth was a God who was in the form of an animal with no zoological equivalent and is identified with many animals.
The translated meaning of the name Seth is “the god of storms and the desert.”
Due to Egypt being a land surrounded with a lot of mystery, we are going to mix in some of the history surrounding Egypt so that if a name is chosen from the list there is some insight into the historical background. Egyptian history is divided into ten periods, or dynasties as they are commonly referred too. The dynasties when talking about Egyptian history are not separated by ruling families but are separated for historical reasons.
Set is a very strong Egyptian name for a little boy.
It is a variation of the name Seth. So, if Seth is a little too common for you, Set would be a great alternative.
The name Set does not have a defined meaning, other than “compensation” in Hebrew, but it is a name that is commonly used in the great country. If you are like me you are still a little stuck on the mummification process, so let’s explore a few more fun facts about this fascinating part of history.
When a person was mummified, a lot of people have questions about what happens to the internal organs. The parts that keep us living, what happens to them when we die? This is very interesting; the heart was left in the body because it was thought to be the center of intelligence. They would dispose of the brain, because that was thought to have been useless. Now, we know that this is not true. The brain is in fact our center of intelligence, and while we may like to think otherwise, it is what makes decisions for us not our heart. Sometimes, a mummies mouth would be left open so that the soul could breathe in the afterlife. This led to a lot of the superstitions that mummies could be awoken from their sleep. Don’t worry, they can’t be!
The name Maat may look like it would be a boy’s name, but it is a name for all our princesses in pink. It is a strong name for a little girl.
Maat was a mythical goddess of orderly conduct, order, truth and justice. She stood for all that was right in the world and fought hard to make sure everything stayed that way.
She was often represented as a woman with an ostrich feather on her head.
If someone plans a trip to Egypt, they are probably planning a trip to see the pyramids. They are considered one of the wonders of the world and they really are a sight to be seen (or I am told that anyways, my wallet doesn’t let me travel as much as I would like). It is true that there are many pyramids in Egypt, but what are they for? Well, the pyramids are full of secret tombs and are where a lot of the Pharaohs of Egypt are buried. The Pharaohs believed that they needed their treasure to be buried with them because it would help them in their afterlife. This plays a large part in how we know so much about the ancient Egyptians, because archeologists have been uncovering all of these things in the past years.
This name is not to be mistaken with the French, Noir. It is only one letter off, but it has a completely different meaning. The name Nour is listed as a masculine name and simply means “light.” If we needed any more proof that this is a pure Egyptian name, the one celebrity who has this name is a well-known Egyptian actor, Nour el Sherif.
All good things come to an end, and the same is to be said about the Egyptian empire. It began to weaken around 700 BC. It was conquered by a number of other civilizations. The first to conquer was the Assyrian Empire which was followed closely by the Persian Empire. IN 332 BC, Alexander the Great of Greece conquered Egypt and set up his won ruling family. Finally, in 30 BC the Romans arrived and Egypt became a province of Rome. It was the end of one of the strongest Empires the world has ever seen. While the era of ancient Egypt may be over, the country is still strong and is beautiful for all those who wish to visit it. It can be a little hot, so make sure you drink a lot of water and bring a lot of sunscreen.
Gamila is probably the best name you could come across for your little girl, because it simply means “beautiful.”
We know there are always more to a person than their looks, but beautiful does not just have to be used to describe a person’s physical appearance. We want our children to have a beautiful heart, soul and spirit. Naming our daughter something that simply means beautiful can already have them on a head start to being a beautiful person.
What was it like to be a woman in ancient Egypt? Well, it was pretty much the same as it was all over the world. Women did not hold positions that would require them to know how to read or write, so they were never taught to read or write. They were taught homemaking skills. They were taught, by their mother, how to manage and take care of the house and their husband. This is not something that would be popular today, but they were quite happy in that time. Egyptian women also married very young, around the age of 12 or 13. This may seem too young for a lot of people, but we must remember that humans did not have a long-life expectancy back then and they had to live very fast and young.
If you want a name that means “personification of reproduction” than Amsu is the name for your little boy. This is a great name if you are already planning on being a grandparent one day. The essence of family was very important to the people of ancient Egypt, so reproduction was something that was prevalent. Most married couples were buried together in the same tomb. The only exception would be the Pharaoh’s who were always buried separate from their wives.
Monogamy was the trend among ancient Egyptians. Men had only one wife, and it was very important that the couple were loyal to each other. Even when they were married so young, they were married for life. Under the law in ancient Egypt, women had equal rights to men, however that is not the way it always worked out in society as many people considered women to be less of a person when compared to men. Again, while this may outrage us now as we read this, it was the accepted way of life back then and the women did not know any different and most lived at peace with the way things were.
Chione is a great name for a little girl and it means “mythical daughter of the Nile”.
So, if you don’t want to name your daughter Nile, but want to represent the strength and power of the mighty river, this may be the perfect name for you. Speaking of historical landmarks in Egypt, one that we can not ignore is the great Sphinx. A Sphinx is a mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a person. In Egypt the head was the same as a Pharaoh or God.
The Egyptians built these Sphinx statues to guard important areas such as tombs and temples. The great Sphinx is one of the largest and oldest statues in the world, being dated at around 2500 BC. The great Sphinx faces the sunrise and guards the pyramid tombs of Giza. So, how big is the statue exactly? Well, it quite literally is ginormous. It is 241 feet long, 20 feet wide and 66 feet high. The eyes on the face are 6 feet tall and the ears over three feet. It is not indestructible as time is slowly eating away at it. The nose was knocked off which is what makes this so recognizable. If you want to see this great sight, you better go soon!
Heqet is a name for a little girl and has a strong root in Egyptian history. Heqet was a mythological frog-headed goddess of Antinoopolis.
She was associated with another woman, Khnum, who was a helper of women in childbirth.
Childbirth has come a long way, and back then they didn’t have hospitals or medication and women relied on other women to get them through. Speaking of women in Egypt who were pregnant, what did they enjoy eating? What did all Egyptians eat?
The main staple in the pantry of a family in ancient Egypt was bread. They consumed a lot of bread. They also did have fruits, vegetables, lambs and goats for food. They would use clay ovens to cook their food and would eat it out of clay dishes. In order to wash all that food down, their beverage of choice was beer made from barley. I don’t know about anyone else, but I would not have thought to associate the ancient Egyptians with beer! Most of the people in ancient Egypt were farmers, whish is how they were able to acquire so much healthy food for their tables.
The name Aziza is listed as a girl’s name, but it can definitely be used for a little boy as well. The name as many different meanings, but the Egyptian meaning of the name is “precious.”
If that does not describe a little baby I don’t know what will. They are all precious. They have found that people with this name tend to have a deep desire to inspire others in a higher cause and to share their own views. So, if you want your little one to have a part in changing the world, we have the name for you.
One of the things we want for our children is that we want them to have fun! So, how did the ancient Egyptians have fun? Mostly they took part in hunting. They not only hunted for food, but for entertainment. Remember, hunting was not as frowned upon back then as it is now. This means that it was not uncommon for Pharaoh’s to hunt for animals like lions and hippos. They would hunt using arrows and spears. When it came to sports, the most common sport among ancient Egyptians was wrestling. They also enjoyed the odd chariot race.
Adio was a popular boys name in Egypt and means “righteous.”
I am blown away at all the meaningful meanings behind a lot of these Egyptian names, which goes to further prove that it is a land of strong heritage and names. This would lead some to believe that the men of ancient Egypt were tough fighters. They were more of a peaceful people than a conflicting one. They all would rather farm and not fight, that is why they did not have an organized army, they did not see the need for one. They considered themselves already protected by the natural desert that surrounded their empire.
If the ruling Pharaoh needed men to help him fight, he would call on the farmers to stand up. However, like most other countries, it didn’t take long until fighting came to Egypt and they were forced to fight. The weapons of choice for the Egyptians were bows and arrows. These were weapons that they could make themselves, so they always had a good supply of them. Hey also used chariots in their battles. Chariots were wheeled carriages that were pulled by two warhorses. Two soldiers would ride in these chariots. One to steer the horses, and the other to shoot the bows and arrows.
You can’t get more Egyptian than the name Amenhotep. It's so unique and instantly identifiable as an Egyptian name.
He was one of the most important Pharaohs in Egyptian history. If the full name is not to your liking, you can always use the short from ‘Amen” as well.
Amenhotep was born in 1388 BC and died in 1353 BC. That is not a typo, the years went backwards in the BC era until we reached the AD era for which we are in now. Amenhotep was the Pharaoh who ruled Egypt during the peak of their civilization. It was the time of peace and when art and culture flourished.
Amenhotep became Pharaoh when his father passed away, when he was just 12 years of age. It is suspected that he had an adult with him who ruled for him until he grew and learned just what was expected of him as the leader of the country. The name Amenhotep means “Amun is satisfied.” Amun was the main God of the Egyptians. He was the ninth Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty and is still considered one of the greatest. It would be an honour to name your son after him.
Behiti is a beautiful name for your little princess on the way and it means “blessed; she who brings happiness.”
Our children will always bring us happiness, but we want them to bring the world happiness as well. We can set them up for success by giving them a strong name to help carry them through life. Along with a lot of mythical items in history, the Book of the Dead is another item that a lot of people thing to be just a myth. A famous (almost) Behiti is Behati Prinsloo, the Victoria's Secret model and wife of Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
It has often been depicted in movies and other works of fiction, but it is very much based on something that was real. Let’s clear up any confusion on what this book actually entailed. The Book of the Dead is a series of written spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would help them in the afterlife. It isn’t one giant book, but rather a bunch of individual chapters. The spells were mostly written down on the walls of tombs in hieroglyphics and then copied on paper. These pieces of paper were even illustrated with colourful pictures. Perhaps to bring some cheer to an otherwise gloomy book.
Chenizira is another common name found in Egypt as well as the entirety of Africa as a continent. It means “born while traveling.” Travelling is big trend around the world, and it should be. How else would we get to experience lands like Egypt if we did not dare to travel to them? If you want to encourage your little one to get out and explore the world, this may be the best way to give her a head start.
I still want to discuss the Book of the Dead for a minute because there is still so much to learn. There were many different Books of the Dead and no two books were alike. The wealthy families and Pharaohs would hire people to write them a Book of the Dead with individual spells in it that they believed would help them in the afterlife. Not everyone could afford a Book of the Dead. Those who were not as wealthy could purchase a pre-written version with a blank space for the name and have their name written in. Preparing for the afterlife was a big deal in ancient Egypt and they believed these books would help protect them on their journey.
The name Net is not one you hear too often, so if mom is looking for the perfect name that she won’t hear on the playground very often, then Net is the perfect choice.
Net is considered a feminine name and it means “the divine mother.”
It is so uncommon that there is not a lot of information on the name other than the fact that it is 100% Egyptian in nature.
When historians look at Egypt, they often group the history into three major kingdoms. Egyptian history is extensive and rich, so it makes it easier to understand when it is broken down. Historians refer to these kingdoms as the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom. It is understood that it is during these times when Egypt was at its strongest. They called the periods between the kingdoms, intermediate periods. Times when Egypt was not at its very finest. When a country has such a strong and proud history, the names are bound to reflect that in the person who carries them. When people are asked who or what they are named after, a time in Egyptian history will always sound more attractive than a “tv commercial.”