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Shah Genealogy and Shah Family History Information

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  • Bendahara Raja Alang Iskandar ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah (b. - 1849)
    Known as Marhum Teja and father to Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Almarhum Raja Alang Iskan...
  • King Birendra of Nepal (1945 - 2001)
    बीरेन्द्र वीर विक्रम शाह Birendra Bir Bikram Shah De...
  • King Dipendra of Nepal (1971 - 2001)
    दीपेन्द्र वीर विक्रम शाह Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah De...
  • King Gyanendra of Nepal
    Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (Nepali: ज्ञानेन्द्र शाह; Jñānendra Śāh; born...
  • Sultan Abdul Malik Mansur Shah [Sultan Perak ke-19 1806 - 1825] (b. - 1825)
    Sultan Abdul Malik Mansur Shah. Sultan Perak ke19; 1806-25. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19th Sultan of Pera...

About the Shah surname

Indian (Gujarat, Rajasthan, MP, UP): 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'.

Shah or its variants "Sah", "Shaha", "Sahu" or "Sha" is a common Gujarati last name.

A large fraction of all Jain, vaishnavas, especially from Gujarat and southern Rajasthan, have the last name "Shah".

Sometimes it is mistakenly thought that it is derived from the Persian "Shah" meaning "King". Actually it is of Indian origin[1]. It is derived from Sanskrit Sadhu (meaning gentleman) and Prakrit Sahu, while the actual spelling "Shah" in Western culture was popularized by the title of the former Persian King. As a result, especially in Western culture, the usuage of the spelling "Shah" has become far more pronounced than the other variants.