Shan name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Shan

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 submissions from Virginia, U.S. agree the name Shan means "King".
  2. A submission from Ohio, U.S. says the name Shan means "mountain" and is of Chinese origin.
  3. A submission from Turkey says the name Shan means "Mountain(s)" and is of Chinese origin.
  4. A submission from Malaysia says the name Shan means "Kind" and is of Chinese origin.
  5. According to a user from Canada, the name Shan is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Magnificence, Glory, Grandeur".
  6. According to a user from India, the name Shan means "Quiet; calm; soft".
  7. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Shan means "God is gracious" and is of Welsh origin.
  8. According to a user from Canada, the name Shan is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Pride".
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  1. A branch of the Tai languages

From Burmese ရှမ်း (hram:), from Thai สยาม (sà-yǎam). Doublet of Siam.

  1. The language of this people, of the Kra-Dai language family.
  2. A state of Thailand.
  3. A member of a people living primarily in the Shan State of Myanmar (also known as Burma), and in adjacent areas of China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, with about 6 million people.

From the pinyin romanization of Mandarin (shǎn).

  1. The Shan Pass: a mountain pass in Shanzhou, Henan, through which the Yellow River flows into the North China Plain.

    Notable Persons Named Shan

    Notable Persons Named Shan

    Shan Tsutsui

    Shan Tsutsui is a 12th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, and 12th President of the Hawaii Senate. Shan was born on August 9th, 1971 in Wailuku, Hawaii.

    Shan Legge-Bourke

    Shan was born on September 10th, 1943.

    Shan Foster

    Shan Foster is an athlete for the Juvecaserta Basket, Kepez Belediyesi S.K., Belfius Mons-Hainaut, Cañeros del Este, and Bakersfield Jam. His career lasted from 2008 to 2013. Shan was born on August 20th, 1986 in Laurel, Mississippi.

    Shan Sa

    Shan Sa is a writer. Shan was born on October 26th, 1972.

    Shan Ratnam

    Shan Ratnam is an office holder.

    Shan Mohammed

    Shan Mohammed is a film editor. Shan was born in India.

    • Shan Wells
      Political Cartoonist

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Shan

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Shan

    Darren Shan

    Darren Shan is a writer. He was most active from 1999 to present. Darren was given the name Darren O'Shaughnessy on July 2nd, 1972.

    MC Shan

    MC Shan is a hip hop music, rhythm, and blues rapping, singing, and songwriter. He plays Rapping. He has been prominent since 1985. MC was given the name Shawn Moltke on September 6th, 1965.

    Yuen Kay Shan

    Yuen Kay Shan was a martial arts practitioner. Yuen was born in 1889 in Foshan, China. He left this life in 1956.

    Kwan Shan

    Kwan was born on April 12th, 1933 in Shenyang. He left this life on October 1st, 2012.

    Joseph Li Shan

    Joseph was born in 1965.

    Zhang Shan

    Zhang was born on March 23rd, 1968 in Nanchong, Sichuan, China.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Shan U.S.
      White 22.77% 64.26%
      African American 8.77% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 64.79% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.72% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.62% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Shan

    People with the last name Shan are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Shan

  1. How Popular is the name Shan? Shan is the 5,330th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shan was the 14,268th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Shan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,044 babies born with the first name Shan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shan to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Shan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1944 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  4. When was Shan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shan is Wednesday, September 14th, 1881.
  5. What year had the most people named Shan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shan was in 1969 with a total of 73 babies.
  6. Random Shan Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shan is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name in 1994.
  7. Weird things about the name Shan: The name spelled backwards is Nahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nhas. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Shan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,099 people with the last name Shan.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shan as their last name since less than 1 person in 141k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  10. Shan name meaning

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