Template:Habesha name

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This article contains a Habesha name. This person is addressed by their given name, {{{1}}}, and not as {{{2}}}—the given name of their father.
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Parameters[edit]

{{Habesha name|1|2|3|4}}
  • 1 = The given name of the subject
  • 2 = The second name of the subject
  • 3 = The gender possessive pronoun for the subject (i.e. his or her) – this is optional and defaults to "their"
  • 4 = The person who the subject's second name relates to (e.g. father, mother) – this is optional and defaults to "father"

Usage[edit]

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.

Wikitext Result
{{Habesha name|Meles|Zenawi|his|father}}
This article contains a Habesha name. This person is addressed by his given name, Meles, and not as Zenawi—the given name of his father.
{{Habesha name|Haile|Gebrselassie}}
This article contains a Habesha name. This person is addressed by their given name, Haile, and not as Gebrselassie—the given name of their father.