Silly question I know.
This does not just concern the name “Khufu”. It concerns the names “Khnum-khufu” and “Medjedu” as well. These appear many times in the chambers, whereas “Khufu” appears just once. By all means look for a prior source which assigns these other names to Khufu. Rosellini assigned “Khnum-khufu” to the brother of Khufu, assumed to be Chephren, while the non-cartouche name “Medjedu” wasn’t even recognised as a name. The first to recognise “Medjedu” as a name and say so was Lepsius and he did so in a paper of 1839, having examined the Hill facsimiles in the British Museum in 1838.
It concerns the script of the inscriptions and particular characters within the inscriptions. These are things which weren’t adequately undestood until many years later.
The Osburn is interesting, but muddled. Credit for establishing the correct reading of the cartouche name “Khufu” is usually given to Rosellini, who covered this point in his publication of 1832, the year Champollion died. Rosellini was with Champollion in 1828 and it would be interesting to know exactly what Champollion said about this cartouche, but there seems to be no record of this.
The “perfect identification” is the identification of Khufu as builder of the pyramid.
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