King Tut, whose real name was Tutankhaten, was born around 1341 B.C. in Egypt to King Akhenaten, Tutankhaten, meaning "the living image of Aten," was named after the only god his father allowed the people of Egypt to worship.
Tutankhaten's father intended to reduce the power bestowed upon the priests in order to start a new regime that would be run by government administrators and military commanders, and he was pressing for a change from polytheism to monotheism. This led to both political and social upheaval. Tutankhaten changed his name to Tutankhamun after his father died partly to reverse the upheaval his father had caused.