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How to write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphs

By: Dr. Ossama Alsaadawi

1. Introduction:

a - To write names in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs we should use the same system or technique that the Ancient Egyptians used it to write their words and names. Some people try to use our modern alphabetic writing of words to write their names in Hieroglyphs, which is absolutely wrong! Ancient Egyptians used 'basically' bilateral phonetic graphemes to write their words, which could be added to single phonemes or additional bilateral phonetic graphemes to constitute different Egyptian words or expressions. It should be known also that most of modern European, African and middle-eastern names, either for men or women are of Ancient Egyptian origin due to this fact, that is using bilateral phonetic words such as:

ma - ba - me - my - he - hm - am - mn - sh.e - yu - sh.o - hw - at - as - a.sh - hi - hn - wy - ly - by - wn - si - no - ys - wl - be - bl - sl - il - tl - so - to - tw - lo - if - of - or - hl - wb - etc

We notice that these Egyptian bilateral phonetic values, depicted by corresponding Egyptian hieroglyphs, exist also in the English language and each one of them might have a specified meaning!

b - Ancient Egyptians never used Egyptian cartouches to put their names therein. They used cartouches only to distinguish and save some religious texts that they considered them so important to be preserved. Meanwhile, those selected cartouche texts could refer to specified ruling eras of certain AE Kings. Therefore, if we have to write our names in Egyptian Hieroglyphs then we should use the 'house' sign or enclosure to put our names in. The house sign indicates where the man lives and thus refer to his name and personality!

2. Writing the names:

So, let's now write some selected Latin names in AE writing techniques:

Example - 1:

Bosh

Name 'Bosh' is a pure Ancient Egyptian name and reported by this very same utterance in Wallis Budge Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (EHD) - p.223b; and the Wörterbuch Vol.1 - p.478. It is written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

  

Bosh

Or: 

 

 Bosh

The Egyptian reading for this name is ( Boshra ) which means "glad tidings"

'Boshra' is a very popular and famous name in Egypt either among men or women, Copts or Muslims! 

We should notice that the phoneme 'r' is not included because it is a hidden motorizing letter, therefore it was conducted into Hebrew and Greek and hence to Latin languages by this Egyptian utterance

It is written in full form as follows:

 

Boshra

Wallis Budge EHD - p.223b

Thus, we can write the name of 'Bosh' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

 the name "Bosh"

 

Example - 2:

Mary

Name 'Mary' is one of the most popular female names all over the history of mankind and allover the globe. Her cradle homeland was Ancient Egypt. She was also known in Ancient Egypt by many other names while 'Mary' or 'Maryam' was the only personal name. Name  'Mary' could be written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs by different ways, and wonderfully the Ancient Egyptians assigned one very unique grapheme to refer to her name, it is the [B6] Hieroglyph depicted as follows:

 

Mary - Maryam

The name 'Mary' can be written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

Mary                                                  Maryam

 

Example - 3:

John

'John' is an Ancient Egyptian word and is reported frequently in AE Hieroglyphic texts in full form as follows:

 

John

Wallis Budge EHD - p.805a

It's Egyptian meaning is: **joyful face**. It is used also in Egypt as a name with some different forms like 'Johni', 'Jahin', 'Jahn', 'Jihan', 'Jinah', 'Jahnet', etc!

Therefore, the name 'John' could be written in Hieroglyphs as follows:       

 

 John

 

Example - 4:

William

Name 'William' is a pure Ancient Egyptian name and reported by this utterance in Egyptian Hieroglyphic texts and could be found in Wallis Budge Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (EHD) - p.187b. It is written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

William

 The Egyptian reading for this name is (guiding sponsor)

'William' is a famous name in Egypt especially among Coptic men 

Hence, we can write the name of 'William' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

William

 

Example - 5:

Wallis

'Wallis' is an Ancient Egyptian word and reported by this utterance in Egyptian Hieroglyphic texts and could be found in Wallis Budge Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (EHD) - p.189b. It is written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

 Wallis

 The Egyptian reading for this name is (the proper path)

Therefore, we can write the name of 'Wallis' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

Wallis

 

Example - 6:

Albert

Name 'Albert' is a pure Ancient Egyptian name and reported in Egyptian Hieroglyphic texts as:

 

  Albert

Wallis Budge EHD - p.4b

The apparent reading for this word is (abt). First two signs (ab) are shorthand for the Egyptian word (alberr), which means (kindness) or (morality). The phonemes (L) and (r) are motorizing  and hence they were omitted. The whole sentence is given by the shorthand Egyptian expression:

 

 the morality is to kindly help the poor peoples (Albert)

However, the borer sign [U23] has the phonetic value (ab), and if we wish to write name (Albert) using it we should omit the (L) phoneme because it'll be motorizing in this case. But if we wish to write the name in full utterance, then we have to use another sign that has the value (Lb), like [Y6] for instance.

Therefore, we can write the name of 'Albert' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

Albert

'Albair' is a famous name in Egypt especially among Coptic men 

Alber - Albair

 

Example - 7:

Jimmy

Name 'Jimmy' is a pure Ancient Egyptian name and reported by this very same utterance in Wallis Budge Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (EHD) - p.807a; and the Wörterbuch Vol.5 - p.170. It is written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

  gmi

The Egyptian reading for this name is ( Gamiel ) which means "pretty" or "beautiful"

'Gamiel' or 'Gamal' are very popular and famous names in Egypt among Coptic and Muslim men 

The name 'Jimmy' is also popular in Egypt (being Ancient Egyptian and reported in Egyptian Etymology) but only as a nickname for both Egyptian names 'Gamiel' or 'Gamal'.

The Egyptian female name for 'pretty' or 'beautiful' is: "Gamielah". It is also very popular.

Therefore, we can write the name of 'Jimmy' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

 Jimmy

 

Example - 8:

George

Name 'George' is a pure Ancient Egyptian name and reported by this very same utterance in Wallis Budge Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (EHD) - p.811b; and the Wörterbuch Vol.5 - p.186. It is written in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

  grg

 The Egyptian reading for this name is ( Gorg ) which means:

"who is rewarded by divine garden"

'George' is a popular and famous name in Egypt especially among Coptic men 

Therefore, we can write the name of 'George' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

 George (Gorg)

 

Example - 9:

David

Name 'David' is a pure Ancient Egyptian name. It has two Egyptian versions, 'Dawwd' and 'David'. The first one 'Dawwd' is a direct AE divine name reported by one Hieroglyphic word as follows:

 

  Dawwd

Wallis Budge EHD - p.619b

The second version ' David ' is taken from a shorthand statement about the Egyptian Prophet 'David' which is reported as follows:

 

 ' David ' was divinely favored by rule and wisdom

Wallis Budge EHD - p.892a

We should note that the Latin (v) is a sub-tone of the Egyptian (f), likewise the Latin (p) is a sub-tone of the Egyptian (b). 'David' was conducted into Hebrew with the same Egyptian utterance 'Dafid'! 

Hence, we can write the name of 'David' in Egyptian Hieroglyphs as follows:

 

 David

or better as:

 

 David

 

Example - 10:

 

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