Shah Name Meaning

Muslim: from the Persian royal title Shah ‘king’, ‘emperor’. This was the title adopted by the kings of the Pahlavi dynasty (1925–79). Shah is found in combination with other words, e.g. Shah Jahan (name of a Mughal emperor, ruled 1628–57) and Shah ?Alam ‘king of the world’ (name of a Mughal emperor, ruled 1707–12). This name is widespread in Iran and the subcontinent. Indian (Gujarat, Rajasthan): Hindu (Bania, Vania) and Jain name, from Gujarati sah ‘merchant’ (from Sanskrit sadhu ‘honest’, ‘good’). This name was originally Sah; it appears to have been altered under the influence of the Persian word for ‘king’ (see 1).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Shan, Sham, Shaw, Shao, Sha, Saha, Sarah, Chad, Shad, Sas

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Between 1955 and 2004, Shah life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Shah in 1955 was 55, and 69 in 2004.

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