Scripts ምኒልክ(Ge'ez, Amharic)
Pronounced Pron. Mənilək [key]
Other Forms FormsMenelek, Menyelek, Menielk, Menilek, Minilek
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Meaning & History
Means "son of the wise man" in Ge'ez and Amharic. According to the legend Menelik was the first emperor of Ethiopia. In the 10th century BC, he is said to have inaugurated the Solomonic dynasty of Ethiopia, so named because Menelik I is supposed to be the son of the biblical King Solomon of ancient Israel and Makeda, the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba.