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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sher

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  • According to a user from Kazakhstan, the name Sher is of Kurdish origin and means "Lion".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Sher means "Fair".
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International Interest
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Notable Persons Named Sher

Sher Shah Suri was royalty. He was most prominent from 1540 to 1545. Sher was born in Sasaram, Rohtas district, Bihar in India. He died on May 15th, 1545.


Sher Ali Khan Barakzai is a monarch. He holds the title Emir of Afghanistan and List of monarchs of Afghanistan. His most notable accomplishments were from 1863 to 1879.


Sher Bahadur Deuba is a 32nd Prime Minister of Nepal. Sher was born on June 13th, 1946 in Ashigram.


Ibn-e-Insha was a ghazal urdu poet, humorist, travelogue writer, columnist, urdu poetry, and travel literature. Ibn-e-Insha was given the name Sher Muhammad Khan on June 15th, 1927 in Phillaur, Punjab, British India. He passed away on January 11th, 1978.


He passed away in 1873.


Sher Ali Khan Pataudi is a military person. His military service ended in 1958.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sher

Eden Sher is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Eden was given the name Eden Rebecca Sher on December 26th, 1991 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


Sir Antony Sher is an actor, writer, and theatre director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1972 to 1972. Antony was born on June 14th, 1949 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Stacey Sher is a film producer. Stacey was born on November 30th, 1962 in New York City.


Lawrence was born on February 4th, 1970 in Teaneck, New Jersey.


Bartlett Sher is a theatre director. Bartlett was born on March 27th, 1959 in San Francisco, California, United States.



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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Sher as a last name

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Common last names for Sher

  • Khan
  • Singh

Common first names for Sher

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sher U.S.
  White 84.00% 64.26%
  African American 0.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 12.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.27% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sher

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sher

  • How Popular is the name Sher? Sher is the 24,168th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sher was the 11,669th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sher have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 246 babies born with the first name Sher in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sher 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 Sher? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1953 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Sher first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sher is Sunday, October 13th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Sher born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sher was in 1972 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Sher Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sher is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Sher: Your name in reverse order is Rehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hers. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sher? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,687 people with the last name Sher.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sher? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sher as their last name since less than 1 person in 110k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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