Egypt << KEMET. KEMET (keh-MET) is the term ancient Egyptians used as the official name of their country. Kemet translates as "Black Land", in reference to the fertile banks and fields surrounding the Nile (black from the soil). By using the term Kemet instead of Egypt, we refer to the country by the name its own people called it. Egypt is an English form of the Greek name for this land, Aegyptos, itself derived from Coptic hi(t)-ka(u)-ptah, "the house/temple of the ka of Ptah.