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Sha Surname Meaning

Chinese: Mandarin or Cantonese form of the surname 沙 meaning ‘sand’ in Chinese: (i) from Sha (沙) the name of an ancient state (located in Hebei province). (ii) from the placename Sha (沙) the name of a fief (located in Henan province) granted to descendants of Song Weizi the founder of the state of Song during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). (iii) shortened form of the compound surnames Sha Sui (沙隨) and Gong Sha (公沙) both of which can be traced back to the ancient state of Sha Sui (沙隨) (located in Henan province) during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC) which was annexed by the state of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iv) said to be borne by descendants of the Su Sha (夙沙) family an ancient family which was already established prior to the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC). (v) one of the major surnames of the state of Bai Ji (located in present-day Korean Peninsula). Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 謝 see Xie Indian Bangladeshi and Pakistani: variant of Shah . Burmese (Karen): from a rare variant of the personal name Sar ‘star’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Shi, Ha, Shan, Sa, Shu, Cho, Cha, Shah, Sham, Shaw

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You can see how Sha families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sha family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sha families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7 Sha families living in Hampshire. This was about 54% of all the recorded Sha's in United Kingdom. Hampshire had the highest population of Sha families in 1891.
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What did your Sha ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Sha. 84% of Sha women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    84%
  • Shorthand Typist
    17%
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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Sha. For the veterans among your Sha ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sha lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Sha life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Sha in 1958 was 52, and 83 in 2004.

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