Userkara in hieroglyphs

The second pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty, a.k.a. Userkare, Woserkare

The name Userkara is found in the 35th cartouche of the Abydos King-list, between Teti and Pepi I. His name might have been present in column 5, row 2 of the Turin King-list, but unfortunately the first six kings of the dynasty are lost in lacuna.

He has been thought to have been an usurper, based on his supposedly short reign. However, his name appearing on the New Kigndom lists seem to indicate that his reign was considered legitime.


Pepi I

Reign of Userkara
v. Beckerath2312–2310

The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Throne names

Prenomen or throne name

Announced at the coronation and always written in a cartouche. The “official” name of the pharaoh. Also known as the Prenomen.

Throne name
User ka Ra
The strong one belonging to the ka of Ra
Abydos Canon no. 35
BIFAO , No. 95, 23-92
Beckerath, “Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen”, 2nd ed. MÄS 49 (1999). 62-63, 2:T
Throne name variant
Name missing
Turin King List 5.2
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959) IV:2


  • Gauthier, H. Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 145
  • Beckerath, J., 1999. “Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen”, Second edition, MÄS 49: 62–63
  • Leprohon, R. J., 2013. The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary. Atlanta: 42
  • Baker. D. D., 2008. The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I. London: 486–487
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