Also known as: Userkare, Woserkare Dynasty VI

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.

Reign of Userkara
von Beckerath2312–2310


The Royal Titulary

From the hieroglyphic records

Throne name
Throne name of Userkara: User ka Ra
User ka Ra
The strong one belonging to the ka of Ra
Abydos king list 35
BIFAO, No. 95, 23-92
, Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen (), 62-63, 2:T
Throne name variant
Throne name of Userkara: Name missing
Name missing
Royal Canon of Turin 5.2
Gardiner, The Royal Canon of Turin (1959), IV:2


Handbuch der Ägyptischen Königsnamen, MÄS 49 (1999): 62–63
The Encyclopedia of the Pharaohs: Volume I – Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300–1069 BC (London, 2008), 486–487
Le livre des rois d'Égypte. MIFAO 17 (1907): 145
The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (Atlanta, 2013), 42


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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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