Is there an agreed upon earliest recorded name in history? I'm guessing it would be a king, pharaoh, or other important person. By recorded I mean a name that is written somewhere like on a grave marker or something.

  • @YannisRizos Comments in that question mention that the earliest recorded name may be different than the earliest recorded person. It suggests Inanna (the name of a goddess) as the earliest recorded name. – called2voyage Feb 19 '14 at 17:29
  • @called2voyage ... however, the OQ himself seems to have assumed he was asking about a person's name. – T.E.D. Feb 19 '14 at 18:48
  • @T.E.D. True, but just because they assume that a historical person's name would be the earliest doesn't mean that they wouldn't view an earlier name (that is not associated with a historical person) as a valid answer. – called2voyage Feb 19 '14 at 19:04
  • "By recorded I mean a name that is written somewhere"- does this not imply "earliest record" such as edict/cuneiform..whatever? Rather than the name itself, that is. – Rajib Feb 19 '14 at 20:02
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    @jwenting That's nitpicking. The implication is "earliest recorded name that we know of today". – called2voyage Feb 20 '14 at 22:05

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