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Shah Family History

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

69,673 Historical Documents with Shah on Ancestry.com
50,486 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
3,046 Military Records
4,043 Immigration Records
3,242 Census and Voter Lists
8,856 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shah Families

  • Number of Shah families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shah families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Shah last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shah Family Origin

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Shah Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Shah

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Shah Family Occupations

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