Hudjefa II

 Dynasty III

The Horus name for this pharaoh is unknown, and likely we will never know for certain. The name Hudjefa appears in the Turin king list, while the Abydos king list has Sedjes. Both names are synonyms for "omitted or erased," and was used when the original name was unreadable or lost to the scribe compiling the list. They are placed after Sekhemkhet, and the three lists only give four or five names of rulers of the third dynasty. According to Africanus, Manetho named nine kings, while Eusebius only name three out of a purported eight. It is an unsurmountable problem to connect these nine kings with the arcaeological record, especially a nameless one.

Reign of Hudjefa II
Not available or unknown


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Throne name
Throne name of Hudjefa II: Hudjefa
Royal Canon of Turin 4.7
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959), III:7
"Missing" indicates that there was a gap in the Ramesside records.
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 48-49, 4:2
Throne name variant
Throne name of Hudjefa II: Sedjes*
It is broken
Abydos king list 18
"Broken" indicates that there was a gap in the Ramesside records.
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 48-49, 4:1


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 48–49
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 127–128
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 57
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 33–34


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The Royal titulary

The full titulary was announced at the coronation, when a pharaoh officially became king.

Horus name
The oldest form of a pharaoh's name, often enclosed in a serekh, a sort of "heraldic crest" representing a palace facade.

Nebty name
The "Two Ladies", the heraldic goddesses Nekhbet and Wadjet, representing Upper and Lower Egypt respectively.

Golden Horus
Golden Horus name
Gold was strongly associated with eternity, but the meaning of this title is disputed.

Throne name
(prenomen) Announced at the coronation, and written in a cartouche.

Personal name
(nomen) The name given at birth, also written in a cartouche.

Ancient historians

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