Gender Feminine
Usage Akkadian

Meaning & History

From Sumerian En-hedu-anna, derived from 饞倵 (en) meaning "lady, high priestess" combined with 饞兌饞寣 (hedu) meaning "ornament" and the god's name An 2. This was the Sumerian title of a 23rd-century BC priestess and poet, identified as a daughter of Sargon of Akkad. Presumably she had an Akkadian birth name, but it is unrecorded. She is regarded as one of the earliest known poets.


Entry updated December 7, 2022