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Shahnaz (Persian: شهناز‎) or Shehnaz is a given name and surname, generally to a girl. The name is made from شاه (Shah, "king"), and ناز (Naz, "pride"), so the name means "pride of the king".

Shahnaaz is a female Dari name that can be translated in English as "sweet music".

Also spelled Shahnaz or Shaanaaz-Shaan in Hindi means: stately, elegant, a style of eloquence, "Naaz": pride

Notable bearers[edit]

  • Shahnaz Pahlavi (born 1940), princess
  • Shahnaz Sheikh, Pakistan's hockey player
  • Shehnaz Sheikh, Pakistani Actress
  • Shahnaz Husain, Indian entrepreneur
  • Shahnaz Bukhari, Pakistani clinical psychologist, and activist. Founder and director of the NGO Progressive Women’s Association (PWA)
  • Shahnaz Pakravan, radio and television presenter
  • Shahnaz Rahmatullah, Bangladeshi singer who is very popular in Bangladesh and Pakistan. She gained popularity when she sang in Pakistani films.. Her brother Zafar Iqbal (actor) was one of the most popular hero in the Bangladesh Film industry
  • Shahnaz Wazir Ali, social activist and a Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan. She is the chairperson of Higher Education Commission (HEC)
  • Jalil Shahnaz (born 1921), Iranian tar player born in 1921 in Isfahan
  • Shahnaz Lighari (born 1990) is a painter/poet


  • Sarab-e Shahnaz, a village in Iran
  • Shahnaz street, a street in Tabriz, Iran. The street is well-known because of its distinct architecture, the churches and shops. It is passing through few of Tabriz old suburbs including Baron Avak and Emamiye connecting them to the city center and Bazaar of Tabriz

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