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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shama

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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Shama is of Hebrew origin and means "Little flame".
  • A submission from India says the name Shama means "Flower" and is of English origin.
  • A user from India says the name Shama is of Arabic origin and means "Lamp".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Sha"ma
A saxicoline singing bird (Kittacincla macroura) of India, noted for the sweetness and power of its song. In confinement it imitates the notes of other birds and various animals with accuracy. Its head, neck, back, breast, and tail are glossy black, the rump white, the under parts chestnut.

Etymology: Hind. shāmā


Borrowing from Hindi [Term?]

  1. Copsychus malabaricus, a saxicoline songbird of India, glossy black with a white rump and brown underparts.

shama was also found in the following language(s): Chamicuro

Notable Persons Named Shama

Shama Sikander is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1998. Shama was given the name Shama Sikander Gesawat on August 4th, 1981 in Makrana, Rajasthan, India. Shama is also known as Sikander and Shama.


Shama Hyder is a technology entrepreneur and author. Shama was born Shama Hyder on April 25th, 1985 in Goa.


Shama Zehra Zaidi is a screenwriter and costume designer. Shama was born on September 25th, 1938.


Shama Joseph is a rhythm, blues, hip hop music, pop music, dancehall, and world music record producer and songwriter. They plays Piano, bass guitar, and etc.. Their most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Shama was born on June 24th, 1982 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Shama is also known as Sham, Sak Pase, and ShamRock.


Shama Rahman is a jazz, punk rock, folk music, spoken word, and music of bengal singer-songwriter, sitarist, composer, actress, scientist, sitar, and actor. She plays Sitar, Piano, Ukulele, Guitar, and Vocals. She has been prominent since 2009. Shama was given the name Shama Sarwat Rahman in Al Ain.


Shama was born on March 15th, 1950.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shama

Carmel was born on August 16th, 1973 in Ramat Gan.




Omar was born in 1976 in Cairo.


Mahmoud Abu Shama is an athlete for the Hilal Al-Quds Club.


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Popularity of Shama as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shama U.S.
  White 70.00% 64.26%
  African American 4.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 18.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shama

People with the last name Shama are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Shama

  • How Popular is the name Shama? Shama is the 18,275th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shama was the 65,964th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shama have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 411 babies born with the first name Shama in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shama 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 Shama? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1968 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shama first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shama is Thursday, December 30th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Shama born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shama was in 1979 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Shama Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shama is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Shama: Your name in reverse order is Amahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amhas. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shama? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 300 people with the last name Shama.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shama? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shama as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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