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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shah

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  • A user from Canada says the name Shah is of Unknown origin and means "King".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shah
A former title of the supreme ruler in certain Eastern countries, especially Persia and Iran.

Etymology: Per. shāh a king, sovereign, prince. Cf. Checkmate Chess Pasha

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Title for the former hereditary monarch of Iran
  1. A common surname in India.

Notable Persons Named Shah

Shah Rukh Khan is an actor, film producer, television presenter, film actor, producer, and television host. His ongoing career started in 1988. Shah was given the name Shahrukh Khan on November 2nd, 1965 in --11-02.


Shah Jahan was royalty. His career lasted from 1628 to 1658. Shah was born as the child of Jahangir and Taj Bibi Bilqis Makani on January 15th, 1592 in Lahore, Mughal Empire. He left this life on January 31st, 1666.


Shah Abbās I was royalty. He holds the title 50, Shahanshah of Iran, 50px, and Shah. His career lasted from 1588 to 1629. Shah was born as the child of Mohammad Khodabanda and Khayr al-Nisa Begum on January 27th, 1571 in Herat. He breathed his last breath on January 19th, 1629.


Shah was born in 1703. He left this life in 1762.


Shah Tahmasp I is a monarch. He holds the title Shahanshah of Persia, Sahib-i-Qiran, and Sultan bar Salatin. He was most prominent from 1524 to 1576.


Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was a saint. He holds the title شاه عبدالطيف ڀٽائي. Shah was born in 1689 in Sui-Qandar Hala, Sindh. He passed away in 1752.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shah

Naseeruddin Shah is an actor and environmentalist. He was most prominent from 1972 to present. Naseeruddin was born Naseeruddin Shah on July 20th, 1949 in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh.


Ratna Pathak Shah is an actor and actress. Ratna was given the name Ratna Pathak by her parent Dina Pathak on March 18th, 1957 in Mumbai.


Amit Shah is a for Naranpura, Member of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, Sarkhej, President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, forNaranpura, Bharatiya Janata Party, and Gujarat Legislative Assembly. Amit was given the name Amitbhai Anilchandra Shah on October 22nd, 1964 in Mumbai.


Madhoobala was given the name Madhoobala Raghunath on March 26th, 1972.


Bulleh Shah was a saint. Bulleh was born in 1680 in Uch. He passed away in 1757.


Mohammed Zahir Shah was royalty. He holds the title King of the God granted Kingdom of Afghanistan, its dependencies, and List of monarchs of Afghanistan. He was most active from 1933 to 1973. Mohammed was born as the child of Mohammed Nadir Shah and Mah Parwar Begum on October 15th, 1914 in Kabul. He breathed his last breath on July 23rd, 2007.


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Popularity of Shah as a last name

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Common last names for Shah

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shah U.S.
  White 3.59% 64.26%
  African American 0.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 91.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shah

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

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Fun Facts about the name Shah

  • How Popular is the name Shah? Shah is the 20,292nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Shah was the 573rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 343 babies born with the first name Shah in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shah to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shah? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shah first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shah is Saturday, April 29th, 1893.
  • What year had the most people named Shah born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shah was in 2009 with a total of 22 babies.
  • Random Shah Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shah is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Shah: Your name in reverse order is Hahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Shah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shah? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 58,287 people with the last name Shah.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shah? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 20 of them will have Shah 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.