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First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Shan

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13k Shayne

How popular is the baby name Shan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1944 11 6 5
1946 11 11 0
1947 9 9 0
1948 12 12 0
1949 13 13 0
1950 10 10 0
1951 12 12 0
1952 17 10 7
1953 20 12 8
1954 17 8 9
1955 37 23 14
1956 39 24 15
1957 36 23 13
1958 46 31 15
1959 32 18 14
1960 31 16 15
1961 45 27 18
1962 32 16 16
1963 37 21 16
1964 54 28 26
1965 71 31 40
1966 70 29 41
1967 73 31 42
1968 89 30 59
1969 98 25 73
1970 105 45 60
1971 88 24 64
1972 99 36 63
1973 89 27 62
1974 72 24 48
1975 75 24 51
1976 63 17 46
1977 63 15 48
1978 64 14 50
1979 61 13 48
1980 55 12 43
1981 41 9 32
1982 43 13 30
1983 30 7 23
1984 29 8 21
1985 35 5 30
1986 43 11 32
1987 52 8 44
1988 36 6 30
1989 62 9 53
1990 44 5 39
1991 54 6 48
1992 47 8 39
1993 39 0 39
1994 45 7 38
1995 32 0 32
1996 28 0 28
1997 43 6 37
1998 31 0 31
1999 38 7 31
2000 38 0 38
2001 34 5 29
2002 30 0 30
2003 47 7 40
2004 34 0 34
2005 36 5 31
2006 35 0 35
2007 20 0 20
2008 29 0 29
2009 27 0 27
2010 24 0 24
2011 22 0 22
2012 24 0 24
2013 26 0 26
2014 14 0 14
2015 9 0 9

Fun Facts about the name Shan

  • How many people with the first name Shan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,977 babies born with the first name Shan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shan to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1944 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Shan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shan is Wednesday, September 14th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Shan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shan was in 1969 with a total of 73 babies.
  • Random Shan Factoid: According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shan is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1976.
  • Weird things about the name Shan: Your name in reverse order is Nahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sanh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,099 people with the last name Shan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shan as their last name since less than 1 person in 141k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Shan as a first name

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Popularity of Shan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shan U.S.
  White 22.77% 64.26%
  African American 8.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 64.79% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.72% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.62% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shan

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Shan" mean? The list below shows the origins of Shan as well as things modernly associated with the name Shan such as celebrities named Shan.

Chinese

Origin and Meaning of Shan

The name "Shan" is of Chinese origin, and it means "Coral". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A branch of the Tai languages

From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (Shān).

  1. The Shan Pass: a mountain pass in Shanzhou, Henan, through which the Yellow River flows into the North China Plain.

    Other Inspirations for the Name Shan

    Shan Auto
    Shan Biryani Masala
    Shan Dude
    Shan Masala
    Shan Presents
    Shan Shan Comes To Eat
    Shan State
    Shan Yu
    Shan Yu Mulan

    What does the name Shan mean?

    Sis for share, your talents, time, and possessions with others

    His for happy, your wonderful laugh.

    Ais for activities, for you have many.

    Nis for number one, make sure to take care of yourself above all others

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