When Haile Selassie I was born, the name Lij Tafari Makonnen was given to him. Lij means child of noble blood.
He would later become Ras Tafari Mekonnen. Ras is the equivalent of
This is the birthday of Haile Selassie I who was born as Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael.
He was the heir to a dynasty that goes as far back as King Solomon and Queen Makeda, Empress of Axum, who was also known as