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Origin and Meaning of Begum

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  • A user from Michigan, United States says the name Begum is of Unknown origin and means "Respected and honorable woman".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Be"gum
In the East Indies, a princess or lady of high rank.

Etymology: Per., fr. Turk., perh. properly queen mother, fr. Turk. begsee Beg (n.)) + Ar. umm mother

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  1. A Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan

From be- +‎ gum.

From Urdu بیگم and Hindi बेगम (begam, “lady”), from East Turkic begüm

  1. a high ranking Muslim woman, especially in India and Pakistan
  2. the form of address for such a woman

Beg (A provincial governor under the Ottoman Empire, a bey)+ um (feminine suffix for nobility titles) Compare with خانم (hanım).

  1. a high ranking Muslim woman, especially in India and Pakistan
  2. the form of address for such a woman

    Notable Persons Named Begum

    Begum Hazrat Mahal was royalty. She holds the title Begum of Awadh and BegumofAwadh. Begum was born in Faizabad, Awadh, India. She died on April 7th, 1879.


    Begum Inaara Aga Khan is royalty. Begum was born on April 1st, 1963 in Frankfurt.


    Begum Nusrat Bhutto was a 2nd ChairpersonofPakistan Peoples Party. Begum was given the name Nusrat Ispahani on March 23rd, 1929 in Isfahan. She breathed her last breath on October 23rd, 2011.


    Begum Rokeya was a social worker, writer, muslim feminist, and islamic feminism. Begum was given the name Roquia Khatun on December 9th, 1880 in Pairabondh Village, Mithapukur Upazila, Rangpur, Bengal Presidency, British Indian Empire. She breathed her last breath on December 9th, 1932.


    Begum Para was an actress. Her career lasted from 1944 to 1956. Begum was born on December 25th, 1926 in Jhelum. She left this life on December 9th, 2008.


    Begum Salimah Aga Khan is royalty. Begum was born on January 28th, 1940.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Begum

    Shakeela is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1991. Shakeela was given the name C. Shakeela Begum on November 20th, 1971 in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.


    She was most prominent from 1556 to 1605. Ruqaiya was born as the child of Hindal Mirza in Afghanistan. She passed away on January 19th, 1626.


    She was most active from 1561 to 1605. Salima was born on February 23rd, 1539. She passed away on December 15th, 1612.


    Zubeida was an actor and film actor. Her career lasted from 1922 to 1949. Zubeida was given the name Zubeida Begum in 1911 in Surat. She breathed her last breath in 1988.


    Shamshad Begum was a playback singer musician. She was most active from 1933 to 1976. Shamshad was born on April 14th, 1919 in Lahore, British India. She breathed her last breath on April 23rd, 2013.


    Zubeida was born in 1926. Zubeida is also known as Vidhya Rani Sita Devi[Vidhya Raiji Sahiba]. She left this life on January 26th, 1952.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Begum U.S.
      White 0.84% 64.26%
      African American 0.20% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 96.60% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.15% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.29% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Begum

    People with the last name Begum are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Begum

    • How Popular is the name Begum? Begum is the 84,352nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Begum was the 2,924th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Begum have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Begum in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Begum? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Begum first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Begum is Saturday, January 3rd, 1903.
    • What year had the most people named Begum born? The highest recorded use of the first name Begum was in 1994 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Begum: Your name in reverse order is Mugeb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mbgue. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Begum? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,255 people with the last name Begum.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Begum? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Begum as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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