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For the legal official, see sheriff.

The word comes from Arabic sharif (Arabic: شريف‎‎) meaning "noble". It is etymologically unconnected to the word sheriff. Notable people with the name include

Given name[edit]


  • Amro Sherif (born 1991), Egyptian basketball player
  • Omar Sharif (1932-2015), Egyptian actor
  • Safwat El-Sherif (born 1933), Egyptian politician
  • Muzafer Sherif (1906–1988), Turkish-American psychologist, one of the founders of social psychology, and co-developer of social judgment theory with Carl Hovland

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