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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shaka

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  • A user from North Carolina, United States says the name Shaka is of African origin and means "Power".
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Wiktionary

Origin uncertain. Shaka is not a word in the Hawaiian language, which lacks the /ʃ/ sound.

  1. A greeting gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended while curling the three middle fingers in a semi-fist. Used to express a variety of positive meanings including "all right", "hello" and "goodbye".

shaka was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, French, Ladino, and Swahili

Notable Persons Named Shaka

Shaka was a monarch of the zulu kingdom and zulu kingdom. Shaka was born as the child of Senzangakhona kaJama and Nandi (mother of Shaka) in KwaZulu-Natal, near Melmoth. He left this life on September 22nd, 1828.

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Shaka Hislop is a soccer player for the Howard University, Reading F.C., Newcastle United F.C., West Ham United F.C., Portsmouth F.C., FC Dallas, England national under-21 football team, Trinidad, and Tobago national football team. Shaka was born on February 22nd, 1969 in Hackney, London, England.

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Shaka was born on April 8th, 1977 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Shaka Sankofa is a criminal.

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Shaka Loveless is a rap, reggae, r&b, rhythm, and blues musician. Shaka was given the name Shaka Loveless Grøn on May 3rd, 1984 in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Shaka Bangura is a soccer player for the Montreat College, Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, Fredericksburg Gunners, Puerto Rico Islanders, Richmond Kickers, Anagennisi Deryneia, Samut Songkhram R-Airlines F.C., PS Barito Putera, and Atlanta Silverbacks. Shaka was born on February 9th, 1986 in Kissy, Sierra Leone.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shaka

Shaka was a monarch of the zulu kingdom and zulu kingdom. Shaka was born as the child of Senzangakhona kaJama and Nandi (mother of Shaka) in KwaZulu-Natal, near Melmoth. He left this life on September 22nd, 1828.

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Jah Shaka is a roots reggae, rhythm, blues, and dub music musician. He was most active from 1968 to present.

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Tom was born on April 9th, 1953.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1970 5 0 5
1971 8 0 8
1972 6 0 6
1973 13 0 13
1974 21 0 21
1975 24 6 18
1976 37 12 25
1977 45 8 37
1978 28 8 20
1979 28 11 17
1980 32 12 20
1981 19 10 9
1982 28 9 19
1983 11 0 11
1984 14 6 8
1985 7 0 7
1986 18 7 11
1987 53 14 39
1988 48 13 35
1989 29 7 22
1990 28 8 20
1991 30 6 24
1992 25 0 25
1993 25 5 20
1994 18 0 18
1995 15 0 15
1996 16 0 16
1997 11 0 11
1998 9 0 9
1999 18 0 18
2000 10 0 10
2001 5 0 5
2002 7 0 7
2005 5 0 5
2006 5 0 5
2008 7 0 7
2010 11 0 11
2011 9 0 9
2012 7 0 7
2014 8 0 8
2015 5 0 5
2016 11 0 11
2017 11 0 11

Fun Facts about the name Shaka

  • How Popular is the name Shaka? Shaka is the 12,455th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Shaka have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 770 babies born with the first name Shaka in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shaka to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shaka? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shaka first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shaka is Sunday, April 12th, 1903.
  • What year had the most people named Shaka born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shaka was in 1987 with a total of 39 babies.
  • Random Shaka Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shaka is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Shaka: Your name in reverse order is Akahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hasak. How do you pronounce that?

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