First Name
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 Shu

User Submitted Meanings

  • A user from India says the name Shu is of Japanese origin and means "Top class , scarlett colour".
  • A submission from Arizona, United States says the name Shu means "Shu means "Top Class" in Japanese origin." and is of Japanese origin.
  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Shu is of Unknown origin and means "Discipline, Air".
  • A user from Ohio, United States says the name Shu is of Unknown origin and means "Book".
Other origins: Hawaiian

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Notable Persons Named Shu

Shu Qi is an actor. She was most active from 1996 to present. Shu is also known as Hsu Chi and Shu Kei.


Lao She was a novelist, dramatist, and playwright. Lao was given the name Shu Qingchun on February 3rd, 1899 in Beijing, Qing Dynasty. He died on August 24th, 1966.


Shu Takumi is a video game design, video game producer, video game designer, game director, and game producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Shu was born on May 2nd, 1971 in Japan.


Shu Chien is a in the field of biological engineering. Shu was born in 1931 in Beijing, China.


Shu Watanabe is an actor, singing, and singer. Shu was given the name Shū Watanabe on October 26th, 1991 in Yurihonjō.


She has been prominent since 1993. Shu was born on December 1st, 1987 in Baishan. Shu is also known as Changchang, Little Rabbit, Xiaoxiu, Chang, Chang'er, and Sister Chang.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Shu

Chen Shu is an actress. She has been prominent since 2000. Chen was born Chen Shu on March 9th, 1977 in Huangshi.


Wang was born on November 4th, 1963 in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China.


Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was a criminal. Sofia was born on November 11th, 1998 in Canning Vale, Western Australia. He breathed his last breath on June 26th, 2006.


Frank Shu is a scientist in the field of astronomy. Frank was born on June 2nd, 1943 in Kunming.



Lea was born in 1954 in Taiwan.


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Popularity of Shu as a last name

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Common last names for Shu

  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Liu
  • Chen
  • Chang
  • Wu
  • Chu
  • Lin
  • Ma
  • Huang
  • Chao
  • Ng
  • Chiang

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shu U.S.
  White 4.33% 64.26%
  African American 1.39% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 90.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shu

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

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Fun Facts about the name Shu

  • How Popular is the name Shu? Shu is the 40,889th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shu was the 12,644th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shu have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 75 babies born with the first name Shu in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shu 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 Shu? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Shu first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shu is Monday, March 17th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Shu born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shu was in 1992 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Random Shu Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shu is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Shu: Your name in reverse order is Uhs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Shu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shu? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,447 people with the last name Shu.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shu? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shu as their last name since less than 1 person in 120k 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).
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