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Merneith (also written Meritneith and Meryt-Neith) was a consort and a regent of Ancient Egypt during the first dynasty. She may have been a ruler of Egypt in her own right, based on several official records – if this was the case, she would have been the first female pharaoh and the earliest queen regnant in recorded history. Her rule occurred during the thirtieth century B.C., for an undetermined period. Merneith’s name means "Beloved by Neith" and her stela contains symbols of that deity. She may have been Djer's daughter, and was probably Djet's senior royal wife. The former meant that she would have been the great-granddaughter of unified Egypt's first Pharaoh, Narmer. She was also the mother of Den, her successor.