Shah Family History

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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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Shah Family Origin

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Shah Family Occupations

What did your Shah ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Carpenter and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Shah. 50% of Shah men worked as a Carpenter and 50% of Shah women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shah were Laundry Manager and Farmers Son

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Carpenter
  • Laundry Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Farmers Son

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Shah Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Shah. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shah census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Shah. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Shah. For the veterans among your Shah ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shah Life Expectancy

What is the average Shah lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, 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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