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Girl Name: Shani

Name: Shani
Pronunciation: \sh(a)-ni\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Shani's also a boy name)
Meaning: crimson; a marvel, wondrous
Origin: Swahili
Related Names: Shaina, Shannon
Sounds Like: Chani, Shanie, Shana, Shan-, Shan, Shania, Shane, Shawni
Variant forms: Shanit
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 2002
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 54276


Shani \sh(a)-ni\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Shani), is pronounced SHAH-nee. It is of Hebrew and Swahili origin, and the meaning of Shani is "crimson; a marvel, wondrous". Refers to the metaphorical "Scarlet thread" or theme of a story.

Shani has 1 variant form: Shanit.

For more information, see also related names Shaina and Shannon.

Baby names that sound like Shani are Chani, Shanie, Shana, Shan-, Shan, Shania, Shane and Shawni.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Shani.


Shani is a very popular first name for women (#2002 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#54276 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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