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==Origins and family==
Ay is usually believed to behave a native Egyptianbeen from [[Akhmim]]. During his short reign, he built a rock cut chapel in Akhmim and dedicated it to the local deity there: [[Min (god)|Min]]. He may have been the son of the courtier [[Yuya]], whoand servedhis aswife a[[Tjuyu]], membermaking ofhim thea priesthoodbrother of Min at Akhmim as well as superintendent of herds in this city,[[Tiye]] and his wife [[TjuyuAnen]].<ref name="Aldred 1957">{{cite journal |last1=Aldred |first1=Cyril |title=The End of the El-'Amarna Period |journal=The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology |date=December 1957 |volume=43 |page=33 |doi=10.2307/3855276}}</ref> This connection is based on the fact that both Yuya and Ay came from Akhmim and held the titles 'God's Father' and 'Master of Horses'. It has been speculated that while Yuya held the title 'King's Lieutenant of Chariotry', Ay held the title 'Troop Captain', which may have been the equivalent title in the infantry. A strong physical resemblance has been noted between the mummy of Yuya and surviving statuary depictions of Ay.<ref name="Aldred 1957"/> The mummy of Ay has not been located, although fragmentary skeletal remains recovered from his tomb may represent it,<ref>{{cite journal |last1=Schaden |first1=Otto J. |title=Clearance of the Tomb of King Ay (WV-23) |journal=Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt |date=1984 |volume=21 |page=58 |doi=10.2307/40000956}}</ref> so a more thorough comparison with Yuya cannot be made. Therefore, the theory that he was the son of Yuya rests entirely on circumstantial evidence.
 
Ay's [[Great Royal Wife]] was [[Tey]], who was known to be the wet nurse to [[Nefertiti]]. It is often theorised that Ay was the father of Nefertiti as a way to explain his title 'God's Father' as it has been argued that the term designates a man whose daughter married the king. However, nowhere are Ay and Tey referred to as the parents of Nefertiti. <ref name="Dijk 1996 31-32">{{cite journal |last1=van Dijk |first1=J. |title=Horemheb and the Struggle for the Throne of Tutankhamun |journal=Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology |date=1996 |pages=31-32 |url=http://www.jacobusvandijk.nl/docs/BACE_7.pdf |accessdate=15 September 2019}}</ref>
 
[[Nakhtmin]], Ay's chosen successor, was likely his son or grandson. His mother's name was Iuy, a priestess of Min and Isis in Akhmim.<ref name="Dijk 1996 33">{{cite journal |last1=van Dijk |first1=J. |title=Horemheb and the Struggle for the Throne of Tutankhamun |journal=Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology |date=1996 |page=33 |url=http://www.jacobusvandijk.nl/docs/BACE_7.pdf |accessdate=15 September 2019}}</ref> She may have been Ay's first wife.
 
==Amarna Period==