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Meaning and name origin

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 girl names Shaina and Shannon.


Shani is a very popular first name for females (#2002 out of 4276, Top 47%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#54276 out of 88799, Top 61%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Shani for girls. Shani reached its highest rank of #821 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shani name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shani outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shani and its variant form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shannon, Shani and Shaina. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shaina, Shani, Shannon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shaina, Shannon outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shani is also pronounced similarly to Chana, Chani, Chania, Shaena, Shana, Shanae, Shanah, Shanay, Shanea, Shanee, Shaney, Shania, Shanie, Shanna, Shauna, Shaunie, Shawna, Shawni, Shawnie, Shayna, Shena, Shona and Shuna. Other suggested similar baby names are Sami, San, Sana, Sean, Seana, Shadi, Shaine, Shan, Shan-, Shandi, Shane, Shanti, Shari, Shaun, Shayne, Shene, Shone, Shyann, Sian, Siana, Sonni and Sunni. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shani.