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ỉꜥḥ-ms ꜥnḫ
"Ahmose lives"
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ahmose II
Titles Crown Prince
King's Son
Father Ahmose II
Mother Ahmose-Nefertari
Burial Unknown
For other pages by this name, see Ahmose.

Ahmose-Ankh (Ancient Egyptian: ỉꜥḥ-ms ꜥnḫ, "Ahmose lives") was an ancient Egyptian Crown Prince of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.


Unlike several of his siblings, whose names also include the name Ahmose, in his name "Ahmose" was enclosed in a cartouche, making it explicit that it is not used in its literal meaning ("Born of the Moon, Living") but refers to the pharaoh. The meaning of the prince's name is thus "Pharaoh Ahmose II lives". Such names, glorifying the pharaoh, are often found as names taken by high officials, but are relatively rare as given names within the royal family during the New Kingdom.[1]


Ahmose-Ankh was the eldest son of Pharaoh Ahmose II and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari. He was thus his father's intended heir and held the title "Crown Prince". A stela which depicts him with his parents is now in the Luxor Museum.[2]


The whereabouts of Ahmose-Ankh's tomb and mummy remain unknown. He must have pre-deceased his father, since the next pharaoh was his younger brother Amenhotep I.[2]


  1. Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 285 (regarding a similar case of Prince Ramesses-Meryamun-Nebweben which also applies on prince Ahmose-Ankh).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dodson & Hilton 2004, p. 129.


  • Dodson, A./Hilton, D., 2004: The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, London.