Neferirkara II

Also known as: Neferirkare II Dynasty VIII

Neferirkara (the roman numeral II is used to differentiate him from his namesake, Neferirkara Kakai) was probably the last king before Herkleopolitan Dynasty IX overthrew the already weak regime.

Reign of Neferirkara II
AE Chronology2119–2118
Turin Canon1½ year


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Horus name
Horus name of Neferirkara II: Demedj ib tawy
Demedj ib tawy
Who has united the will of the Two Lands
Coptos decree R (Cairo Museum JE 41894)
Urkunden des Ägyptische Alterthums, I, 304
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 70-71, b:H
Throne name
Throne name of Neferirkara II: Nefer ir ka Ra*
Nefer ir ka Ra*
Abydos king list 56
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 68-69, 17:T
Throne name variant
Throne name of Neferirkara II: Name missing
Name missing
Royal Canon of Turin 5.13
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959), IV:13
Position based on Abydos King list (56)


The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 260–261


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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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