We need your help to choose names for Ella’s and Pip’s two female chicks and 1 male chick at the Radisson Hotel.
For those who follow our FalconCam from year to year you will know that we like themes for names when we can find ones that are worthy. This year we are looking back to a famous event 100 years ago. On November 4th, 1922, English archeologist Howard Carter and his crew discovered the entrance to the Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Falcons, particularly peregrine falcons, were important in ancient Egyptian cosmology.
The names are listed in alphabetic order. I’ve listed them as male then female in part because they are traditionally listed that way, in part because male chicks almost always fledge before their sisters.
Male Chick Names
Howard Carter (9 May 1874 – 2 March 1939) was a British archaeologist and Egyptologist who discovered the intact tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tutankhamun in November 1922, the best-preserved pharaonic tomb ever found in the Valley of the Kings.
Wikipedia: Howard Carter
The Guardian – Howard Carter gives a talk about his discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb – archive, 1923
George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, DL (26 June 1866 – 5 April 1923), styled Lord Porchester until 1890, was an English peer and aristocrat best known as the financial backer of the search for and excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. His country house, Highclere Castle, served as the filming location of the ITV/PBS television series Downton Abbey.
Wikipedia: George Herbert, Earl of Carnarvon
Britannica: George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon
Arthur Robert Callender (13 December 1875 – 12 December 1936), nicknamed ‘Pecky’, was an English engineer and archaeologist, best known for his role as assistant to Howard Carter during the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1920s.
Wikipedia: Arthur Callender
Female Chick Names
Lady Evelyn Leonora Almina Beauchamp, née Herbert (15 August 1901 – 31 January 1980) was the daughter of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. In November 1922, she, her father and the archaeologist Howard Carter were the first people in modern times to enter the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. She later married Sir Brograve Beauchamp and had a daughter. Lady Evelyn died in 1980, at the age of 78.
Wikipedia: Lady Evelyn Leonora Almina Beauchamp (nee Herbert)
Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (c. 1370 – c. 1330 BC) was a queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, the great royal wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshipped solely the sun disc, Aten, as the only god. With her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of ancient Egyptian history. Some scholars believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband’s death and before the ascension of Tutankhamun, although this identification is a matter of ongoing debate. If Nefertiti did rule as Pharaoh, her reign was marked by the fall of Amarna and relocation of the capital back to the traditional city of Thebes. She was made famous by her bust, now in Berlin’s Neues Museum. The bust is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. It was attributed to the sculptor Thutmose, and it was found in his workshop.
Britannica: Nefertiti, Queen of Egypt
Meritaten, also spelled Merytaten or Meryetaten (14th century BC), was an ancient Egyptian royal woman of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Her name means “She who is beloved of Aten”; Aten being the sun-deity whom her father, Pharaoh Akhenaten, worshipped. She held several titles, performing official roles for her father and becoming the Great Royal Wife to Pharaoh Smenkhkare, who may have been a brother or son of Akhenaten. Meritaten also may have served as pharaoh in her own right under the name Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten.
Amarna is an extensive Egyptian archaeological site containing the remains of what was the capital city of the late Eighteenth Dynasty. The city was established in 1346 BC, built at the direction of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, and abandoned shortly after his death in 1332 BC. Akhenaten is believed to be the father of Tutankhamun.
World History Encyclopedia: Armarna
The Amarna Project