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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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Where is the Shah family from?

You can see how Shah families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shah family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Shah families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 2 Shah families living in Connecticut. This was about 67% of all the recorded Shah's in the USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Shah families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shah surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shah ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Shah. .

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Salesman
    100%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    100%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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