Narmer PaletteAround 3100 BCE, a man named Narmer (traditionally identified as Menes but archaeology suggests Narmer is more likely the correct name) became the first person to unite several small kingdoms and chiefdoms along the Nile into a recognisable Egyptian state; the first pharaoh.

His name was found on the so-called Narmer Palette in 1897-8, which has since been identified as some of the earliest hieroglyphs, which were still developing as a writing system at the time of creation.

There is some debate about whether Narmer was a real or legendary character, but if he is often cited as the first person whose name is recorded from human history.  As history is the period from which written records survive, Narmer is thus the first (named) person in history.

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