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==Origins and family==
Ay is believed to have been from [[Akhmim]]. During his short reign, he built a rock cut chapel in Akhmim and dedicated it to the local deity [[Min (god)|Min]]. He may have been the son of the courtier [[Yuya]] and his wife [[Tjuyu]], making him a brother of [[Tiye]] and [[Anen]].<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'. 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.J
 
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==
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