First name origin & meaning:
Arabic: The king
Last name origins & meanings:
- Muslim: from the Persian royal title Shāh ‘king’,
‘emperor’. This was the title adopted by the kings of the Pahlavi
dynasty (1925–79). Shāh is found in combination with other
words, e.g. Shāh Jahan (name of a Mughal emperor, ruled
1628–57) and Shāh ‛Ālam ‘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 sādhu ‘honest’, ‘good’). This name was
originally Sah; it appears to have been altered under the
influence of the Persian word for ‘king’ (see 1).
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