This template may be used at the top of an article to explain to readers which part of a Habesha name should be used to refer to the person in formal contexts. Eritrean and Ethiopian names originally contain no family or last name. The person adapts the given name of one of their parents, usually the father, as a pseudo-surname. However, according to WP:SURNAME, the person's full name should be used when first mentioned and the given name used in subsequent instances. Even though this person may not technically be Habesha, his/her name still follows this naming convention common to most Eritreans and Ethiopians. For further explanation of the reasoning for the use of this template, see User:Haukurth/Patronymics.
This article contains a Habesha name. This person is properly addressed by his given name as Meles and not as Zenawi—which is the given name of his father.
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