List of Emperors of Ethiopia

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The following is a list of Emperors of Ethiopia, from the founding of the Zagwe dynasty in the 9th/10th century until 1974, when the last Emperor from the Solomonic dynasty was deposed.

Kings of Aksum and Dʿmt are listed separately due to numerous gaps and large flexibility in chronology.

Emperors of Ethiopia[edit]

Names in italics indicate rulers who were usurpers or not widely recognized.

Ethiopian Empire[edit]

Zagwe dynasty[edit]

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Mara Takla Haymanot
Zagwe Mara Takla Haymanot of Ethiopia
Tatadim
Son of Mara Takla Haymanot Zagwe Tatadim of Ethiopia
Jan Seyum
Son of Mara Takla Haymanot Zagwe Jan Seyum of Ethiopia
Germa Seyum
Son of Mara Takla Haymanot Zagwe Germa Seyum of Ethiopia
Yemrehana Krestos
Son of Germa Seyum Zagwe Yemrehana Krestos of Ethiopia
Kedus Harbe
Son of Jan Seyum Zagwe Kedus Harbe of Ethiopia
Gebre Mesqel Lalibela
1189 1229 Son of Jan Seyum Zagwe Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of Ethiopia
Na'akueto La'ab
Son of Kedus Harbe Zagwe Na'akueto La'ab of Ethiopia
Yetbarak
Son of Gebre Mesqel Lalibela Zagwe Yetbarak of Ethiopia
Mairari
Zagwe Mairari of Ethiopia
Harbai
Zagwe Harbai of Ethiopia

Solomonic dynasty[edit]

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Yekuno Amlak
  • ይኵኖ አምላክ
Died 19 June 1285 10 August 1270 19 June 1285 Solomonic Yekuno Amlak of Ethiopia
Yagbe'u Seyon
  • ይግባ ጽዮን
Died 1294 19 June 1285 1294 Son of Yekuno Amlak Solomonic Yagbe'u Seyon of Ethiopia
Senfa Ared IV
  • ሰይፈ አርድ ፬ኛ
1294 1295 Son of Yagbe'u Seyon Solomonic Senfa Ared IV of Ethiopia
Hezba Asgad
  • ህዝብ አስገድ
1295 1296 Son of Yagbe'u Seyon Solomonic Hezba Asgad of Ethiopia
Qedma Asgad
  • ቅድመ አስግድ
1296 1297 Son of Yagbe'u Seyon Solomonic Qedma Asgad of Ethiopia
Jin Asgad
  • ጅን አሰገድ
1297 1298 Son of Yagbe'u Seyon Solomonic Jin Asgad of Ethiopia
Saba Asgad
  • ሳባ አሰገድ
1298 1299 Son of Yagbe'u Seyon Solomonic Saba Asgad of Ethiopia
Wedem Arad
  • ወደም አራድ
Died 1314 1299 1314 Brother of Yagbe'u Seyon Solomonic Wedem Arad of Ethiopia
Amda Seyon I
  • ዐምደ ፡ ጽዮን
Died 1344 1314 1344 Son of Wedem Arad Solomonic Amda Seyon I of Ethiopia
Newaya Krestos
  • ንዋየ ክርስቶስ
Died 1372 1344 1372 Son of Amda Seyon I Solomonic Newaya Krestos of Ethiopia
Newaya Maryam
  • ንዋየ ማርያም
Died 1382 1372 1382 Son of Newaya Krestos Solomonic Newaya Maryam of Ethiopia
Dawit I
  • ዳዊት
Died 6 October 1413 1382 6 October 1413 Son of Newaya Krestos Solomonic Dawit I of Ethiopia
Tewodros I
  • ቴዎድሮስ
Died 1414 1413 1414 Son of Dawit I Solomonic Tewodros I of Ethiopia
Yeshaq I
  • ይሥሓቅ
Died 1429 1414 1429 Son of Dawit I Solomonic Yeshaq I of Ethiopia
Andreyas
  • አንድሬያስ
Died 1430 1429 1430 Son of Yeshaq I Solomonic Andreyas of Ethiopia
Takla Maryam
  • ተክለ ማርያም
Died 1433 1430 1433 Son of Yeshaq I Solomonic Takla Maryam of Ethiopia
Sarwe Iyasus
  • ሣርወ ኢየሱስ
Died 1433 1433 1433 Son of Takla Maryam Solomonic Sarwe Iyasus of Ethiopia
Amda Iyasus
  • ዓምደ ኢየሱስ
Died 1434 1433 1434 Son of Takla Maryam Solomonic Amda Iyasus of Ethiopia
Zara Yaqob
  • ዘርአ ያዕቆብ
1399 – 26 August 1468
(aged 69)
19/20 June 1434 26 August 1468 Son of Dawit I Solomonic Zara Yaqob of Ethiopia
Baeda Maryam I
  • በእደ ማርያም
1448 – 8 November 1478
(aged 30)
26 August 1468 8 November 1478 Son of Zara Yaqob Solomonic Baeda Maryam I of Ethiopia
Eskender
  • እስክንድር
(1471-07-15)15 July 1471 – 7 May 1494(1494-05-07) (aged 22) 1478 7 May 1494 Son of Baeda Maryam I Solomonic Eskender of Ethiopia
Amda Seyon II
  • ዓምደ ፡ ጽዮን
c. 1487 – 26 October 1494
(aged c. 7)
1494 26 October 1494 Son of Eskender Solomonic Amda Seyon II of Ethiopia
Na'od
  • ናዖስ
Died 31 July 1508 1494 31 July 1508 Son of Baeda Maryam I Solomonic Na'od of Ethiopia
Dawit II
  • ዳዊት
1501 – 2 September 1540
(aged 39)
1508 2 September 1540 Son of Na'od Solomonic Dawit II of Ethiopia
Gelawdewos
  • ገላውዴዎስ
1521/1522 – 23 March 1559
(aged 38–37)
3 September 1540 23 March 1559 Son of Dawit II Solomonic Gelawdewos of Ethiopia
Menas
  • ሜናስ
Died 1 February 1563 1559 1 February 1563 Son of Dawit II Solomonic Menas of Ethiopia
Sarsa Dengel
  • ሠረጸ ድንግል
1550 – 4 October 1597
(aged 47)
1563 4 October 1597 Son of Menas Solomonic Sarsa Dengel of Ethiopia
Yaqob
  • ያዕቆብ
c. 1590 – 10 March 1606 1597
1604
1603
10 March 1606
Son of Sarsa Dengel Solomonic Yaqob of Ethiopia
Za Dengel
  • ዘድንግል
Died 24 October 1604 1603 24 October 1604 Nephew of Sarsa Dengel Solomonic Za Dengel of Ethiopia
Gondarine line[edit]
Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Susenyos I
  • ሱስንዮስ
1572 – 17 September 1632
(aged 60)
1606 17 September 1632 Grandson of Dawit II Solomonic Susenyos I of Ethiopia
Fasilides
  • ፋሲልደስ
1603 – 18 October 1667
(aged 64)
1632 18 October 1667 Son of Susenyos I Solomonic Fasilides of Ethiopia
Yohannes I
  • ዮሐንስ
c. 1640 – 19 July 1682
(aged c. 42)
1667 19 July 1682 Son of Fasilides Solomonic Yohannes I of Ethiopia
Iyasu I
  • Iyasu the Great
  • ኢያሱ
1654 – 13 October 1706
(aged 52)
19 July 1682 13 October 1706 Son of Yohannes I Solomonic Iyasu I of Ethiopia
Yeshaq Iyasu
Died 1685 1685 1685 Claimed to be grandson of Susenyos I Solomonic Yeshaq Iyasu of Ethiopia
Tekle Haymanot I
  • Tekle Haymanot the Cursed
  • ተክለ ሃይማኖት
(1684-03-28)28 March 1684 – 30 June 1708(1708-06-30) (aged 24) 27 March 1706 30 June 1708 Son of Iyasu I Solomonic Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia
Amda Seyon
Died September 1707 September 1707 September 1707 Non-Dynastic Amda Seyon of Ethiopia
Tewoflos
  • ቴዎፍሎስ
Died 14 October 1711 1 July 1708 14 October 1711 Son of Fasilides Solomonic Tewoflos of Ethiopia
Nebahne Yohannes
1709 July 1710 Non-Dynastic Nebahne Yohannes of Ethiopia
Yostos
  • ዮስቶስ
Died 1716 14 October 1711 19 February 1716 Grandson of Iyasu I Solomonic Yostos of Ethiopia
Dawit III
  • Dawit the Singer
  • ዳዊት
1695 – 18 May 1721
(aged 26)
8 February 1716 18 May 1721 Son of Iyasu I Solomonic Dawit III of Ethiopia
Bakaffa
  • በካፋ
Died 19 September 1730 18 May 1721 19 September 1730 Son of Iyasu I Solomonic Bakaffa of Ethiopia
Iyasu II
  • ኢያሱ
(1723-10-21)21 October 1723 – 27 June 1755(1755-06-27) (aged 31) 19 September 1730 27 June 1755 Son of Bakaffa Solomonic Iyasu II of Ethiopia
Hezqeyas
1736 1737 Solomonic Hezqeyas of Ethiopia
Iyoas I
  • ኢዮአስ
c. 1740 – 14 May 1769
(aged c. 29)
27 June 1755 7 May 1769 Son of Iyasu II Solomonic Iyoas I of Ethiopia
Zemene Mesafint (Age of the Princes)[edit]
Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Yohannes II
  • ዮሓንስ
1699 – 18 October 1769
(aged 70)
7 May 1769 18 October 1769 Son of Iyasu I Solomonic Yohannes II of Ethiopia
Tekle Haymanot II
  • ተክለ ሃይማኖት
1754 – 7 September 1777
(aged 23)
18 October 1769
December 1770
August 1770
13 April 1777
Son of Yohannes II Solomonic Tekle Haymanot II of Ethiopia
Susenyos II
  • ሱስንዮስ
Died c. 1771 August 1770 December 1770 Possibly the illegitimate son of Iyasu II Solomonic Susenyos II of Ethiopia
Salomon II
  • ሣሎሞን
Died 1782 13 April 1777 20 July 1779 Son of Abeto Adigo Solomonic Salomon II of Ethiopia
Tekle Giyorgis I
  • ተክለ ጊዮርጊስ
c. 1751 – 12 December 1817
(aged c. 66)
20 July 1779
24 April 1788
January 1794
December 1795
4 January 1798
24 March 1800
8 February 1784
26 July 1789
15 April 1795
20 May 1796
20 May 1799
June 1800
Son of Yohannes II Solomonic Tekle Giyorgis I of Ethiopia
Iyasu III
Died by 1810 16 February 1784 24 April 1788 Grandson of Iyasu II Solomonic Iyasu III of Ethiopia
Iyasu
Died May 1813 1787 1788 In opposition to Iyasu III Non-Dynastic Iyasu of Ethiopia
Baeda Maryam
1787 1788 In opposition to Iyasu III Non-Dynastic Baeda Maryam of Ethiopia
Tekle Haymanot
Died before 1810 February 1788 1789 In opposition to Iyasu III Non-Dynastic Tekle Haymanot of Ethiopia
Hezqeyas
Died 13 September 1813 26 July 1789 January 1794 Son of Iyasu III Solomonic Hezqeyas of Ethiopia
Baeda Maryam II
1749 – 1833
(aged 84)
15 April 1795 December 1795 Possibly son of Salomon II Solomonic Baeda Maryam II of Ethiopia
Salomon III
20 May 1796
20 May 1799
15 July 1797
15 July 1799
Son of Tekle Haymanot II Solomonic Salomon III of Ethiopia
Yonas
Died May 1813 18 August 1797 4 January 1798 Grandson of Fasilides Solomonic Yonas of Ethiopia
Demetros
Died 1802 25 July 1799
June 1800
24 March 1800
June 1801
Son of Arqedewos Non-Dynastic Demetros of Ethiopia
Egwale Seyon
  • እጓለ ጽዮን
Died 12 June 1818 June 1801 12 June 1818 Son of Hezqeyas Solomonic Egwale Seyon of Ethiopia
Iyoas II
  • ኢዮአስ
Died 3 June 1821 14 June 1818 3 June 1821 Son of Hezqeyas Solomonic Iyoas II of Ethiopia
Gigar
  • ጊጋር
c. 1745 – 26 November 1832
(aged c. 87)
3 June 1821
April 1826
April 1826
18 June 1830
Possibly son of Iyasu II Possibly Solomonic Gigar of Ethiopia
Baeda Maryam III
April 1826 April 1826 Non-Dynastic Baeda Maryam III of Ethiopia
Iyasu IV
  • ኢያሱ
18 June 1830 18 March 1832 Son of Salomon III Solomonic Iyasu IV of Ethiopia
Gebre Krestos
  • ገብረ ክሪስቶስ
18 March 1832
1832
1832
8 June 1832
Allegedly a descendant of Fasilides Solomonic Gebre Krestos of Ethiopia
Sahle Dengel
1778 – 11 February 1855
(aged 77)
1832
October 1832
October 1841
1845
1851
1832
29 August 1840
1845
1850
11 February 1855
Brother of Gebre Krestos Solomonic Sahle Dengel of Ethiopia
Egwale Anbesa
1832 1832 Non-Dynastic Egwale Anbesa of Ethiopia
Yohannes III
c. 1797 – c. 1873
(aged c. 76)
30 August 1840
1845
1850
October 1841
1845
1851
Son of Tekle Giyorgis I Solomonic Yohannes III of Ethiopia

Tewodros dynasty[edit]

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Tewodros II
  • ቴዎድሮስ
c. 1818 – 13 April 1855
(aged c. 47)
11 February 1855 13 April 1868 Son of Haile Giorgis Wolde Giorgis Claimed the Solomonic lineage later in his reign Tewodros II of Ethiopia

Zagwe dynasty[edit]

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Tekle Giyorgis II
  • ተክለ ጊዮርጊስ
Died 1873 11 June 1868 11 July 1871 Son of Wagshum Gebre Medhin Claimed the Zagwe lineage through his father[1] Tekle Giyorgis II of Ethiopia

Solomonic dynasty[edit]

Tigrean line[edit]
Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Yohannes IV
  • ዮሓንስ
(1837-07-11)11 July 1837 – 10 March 1889(1889-03-10) (aged 51) 11 July 1871 10 March 1889 Son of Dejazmatch Mercha Solomonic Yohannes IV of Ethiopia
Shewan line[edit]
Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Menelik II[2]
  • ዳግማዊ ምኒልክ
(1844-08-17)17 August 1844 – 12 December 1913(1913-12-12) (aged 69) 10 March 1889 12 December 1913 Son of Negus Haile Melekot Solomonic Menelik II of Ethiopia
Iyasu V[3]
  • Lij Iyasu
  • ኢያሱ፭ኛ
(1895-02-04)4 February 1895 – 25 November 1935(1935-11-25) (aged 40) 12 December 1913 27 September 1916 Grandson of Menelik II Solomonic Iyasu V of Ethiopia
Zewditu I[4]
  • ዘውዲቱ
(1876-04-29)29 April 1876 – 2 April 1930(1930-04-02) (aged 53) 27 September 1916 2 April 1930 Daughter of Menelik II Solomonic Zewditu I of Ethiopia
Haile Selassie I
(1st reign)[5]
  • ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ
(1892-07-23)23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975(1975-08-27) (aged 83) 2 April 1930 2 May 1936 Son of Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael Solomonic Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

Italian East Africa[edit]

House of Savoy[edit]

Emperor of Ethiopia:

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Victor Emmanuel III[6]
  • Vittorio Emanuele III
(1869-11-11)11 November 1869 – 28 December 1947(1947-12-28) (aged 78) 9 May 1936 5 May 1941 Son of Umberto I Savoy Victor Emmanuel III of Italy

Governors-General of Italian East Africa:

Restored Ethiopian Empire[edit]

Solomonic dynasty[edit]

Shewan line[edit]
Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Haile Selassie I
(2nd reign)[7]
  • ቀዳማዊ ኃይለ ሥላሴ
(1892-07-23)23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975(1975-08-27) (aged 83) 5 May 1941 12 September 1974 Son of Ras Makonnen Wolde Mikael Solomonic Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
Amha Selassie I[8][9]
(1916-07-27)27 July 1916 – 17 February 1997(1997-02-17) (aged 80) 12 September 1974 21 March 1975 Son of Haile Selassie I Solomonic Amha Selassie I of Ethiopia

Imperial Standard[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also claimed the Solomonic lineage through his mother.
  2. ^ Previously King of Shewa from 1855 to 1856, and from 1865 to 1889. Ruled under the regency of Ras Betwoded Tessema Nadew from 1909 to 1911 and Lij Iyasu from 1911 to 1913.
  3. ^ Never officially crowned as Emperor. Deposed by nobility with the sanction of the Church.
  4. ^ Ruled under the regency of Ras Tafari Makonnen (future Emperor Haile Selassie I).
  5. ^ De facto ruler of the country as regent from 1916 to 1930. Crowned as King in 1928.
  6. ^ Unrecognized only by the United States and Soviet Union in 1940. Renounced title in 1943.
  7. ^ Briefly deposed during the 1960 coup attempt.
  8. ^ Proclaimed Emperor by the Imperial Guards during the 1960 coup attempt.
  9. ^ Designated "King" (not Emperor) by the Derg while out of the country, did not take throne.

References[edit]