Cartouche name of Hotepsekhemwy in the Abydos King List (cartouche no. 9).
Hotepsekhemwy's name has been found at
Abydos, on clay seal impressions, stone vessels and bone cylinders. Several stone vessel inscriptions mention Hotepsekhemwy along with the name of his successor
Horus name of Hotepsekhemwy may give clues to the politics of the time. The Egyptian word "Hotep" means "peaceful", "to be pleased", and also "
conciliation" or "to be reconciled". So Hotepsekhemwy's full name may be read as "the two powers are reconciled" or "pleasing in powers". This suggests a significant political meaning. "The two powers" could be
Upper Egypt and
Lower Egypt as well as to the major deities
From the reign of Hotepsekhemwy onward it became a tradition to write the Horus name and the
nebty name in the same way. The Horus name has a clearly defined,
symbolic meaning in its translation. Horus- and nebty names being the same might also show, that the Horus name was used when becoming king.