The names of the pharaohs still live on, despite that the first pharaohs ruled some 5000 years ago.
Their names were inscribed with hieroglyphs on the massive monuments they created,
yet their commonly used names today has an origin in the ancient Greek transcription.
Modern transcriptions of the names yield quite different names than those of the Greeks of antiquity.
Cheops, the builder of the Great Pyramid, is the ancient Greek name of pharaoh Khufu. Does the name Rathotis sound familiar? No? It is the ancient Greek name of Tutankhamun, but as King Tut was an unknown pharaoh until the late 19th century, we know him by his proper name.
Ramesses II, who has left his name on more monuments than any other pharaoh, would today be transcribed as Ramessisu.
The full titulary of Ramesses II
Horus, the strong bull, beloved of Ra, great of majesty, Protector of Egypt for the Two Ladies, rich in years, great in victories forever
The Dual King, the justice of Ra is powerful, chosen by Ra, the son of Ra, Ramesses, beloved of Amun
Hor ka nakht mery Ra, nebty wer shefyt mek Kemet, nub Hor user renput, aa nehktu, nesu bity user Maat Ra, setep en Ra, sa Ra, Ramessisu mery Amun