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Two main origins:
- Borrowed from Persian شاه (“shah, king”), a Muslim surname which is widespread in Iran and in the subcontinent.
- Borrowed from Gujarati સહ (sah, “merchant”), an occupational surname from Sanskrit साधु (sādhu, “merchant; jeweller; money-lender”).
Shah (plural Shahs)
- A surname.
- According to the 2010 United States Census, Shah is the 573rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 58287 individuals. Shah is most common among Asian/Pacific Islander (91.74%) individuals.
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003), “Shah”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, volume 3, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN.