Gamal Abdel Nasser was born on 15 January 1918, at 18 Qanawat street in Bacchus, a suburban district in Alexandria to the family of Fahima and Abdel-Nasser Hussein. He descended from a poor family of villagers and was the eldest son. Gamal's father was a postal worker and his mother's family came from Mallawi el-Minya. His parents got married in 1917, and later had two boys more, Izz al-Arab and al-Leithi.
Due to the nature of his father's work, Nasser's family traveled frequently. In1921, they moved to Asyut, and in 1923, to Khatatba, where is father ran a post office. Gamal attended a primary school for the children of railway employees until 1924, when he was sent to live with his paternal uncle in Cairo.