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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sheik, tribal sheik, sheikh, tribal sheikh, Arab chiefnoun

    the leader of an Arab village or family


  1. sheikh

    A sheikh is an honorific title in the Arabic culture that is given to a man who is a leader or elder of a community, tribe, or family. The title is also used for a religious scholar, or a man who has achieved mastery in Islamic sciences or spirituality. In a wider context, it can also refer to a head of state or royalty in certain Arab and Muslim countries.


  1. Sheikh

    Sheikh —also spelled Sheik or Shaikh or Shekh, or transliterated as Shaykh—is an honorific in the Arabic language that literally means "elder" and carries the meaning "leader and/or governor". It is commonly used to designate the front man of a tribe who got this title after his father, or an Islamic scholar who got this title after graduating from the basic Islamic school. Sheikha is the female equivalent of the term. A sheikh who is wise is called ḥakīm adjective حكيم‎, ḥākim noun حاكم‎, yaḥkum verb يحكم‎; and can govern. The scholar sheikh here can govern but cannot lead directly because the leader is the imam which is based upon the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah; on the other hand the family sheikh can always lead but cannot govern unless he is wise. Although the title generally refers to a male, a very small number of female sheikhs have also existed. It also refers generally to a man over forty years of age. While even a new Muslim can be called a sheikh if he is diligent in seeking the knowledge of Islam based upon the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah, he can be referred to as such by those he teaches. Usually, a person is known as a sheikh when he has completed his undergraduate university studies in Islamic studies and is trained in giving lectures. The word sheikh under this meaning is a synonym of Alim, plural Ulama, Mawlawi, Mawlānā, Muhaddith, Faqīh, Qadi, Mufti, Hadhrat or Hafiz.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sheikh

    the chief of an Arab tribe; used often as a title of respect, Sheikh-ul-Islam being the ecclesiastical head of Mohammedans in Turkey.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sheikh is ranked #5384 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sheikh surname appeared 6,462 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Sheikh.

    71.6% or 4,628 total occurrences were Asian.
    14.2% or 921 total occurrences were Black.
    8% or 518 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 250 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 137 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.1% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheikh in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sheikh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sheikh in a Sentence

  1. Parliament Damian Collins:

    In August 2009 Sheikh Salman then Bahrain FA president was accused of using FIFA financed sports development budgets to fund Sheikh Salman unsuccessful campaign for FIFA executive committee election, in a leaked letter received by the Al Bilad newspaper it was claimed that Sheikh Salman had spent upwards of 850,000 dinars( 1.6 million GBP) on Sheikh Salman campaign and that some of Sheikh Salman money had come from FIFA financed football development projects.

  2. Peter Velappan:

    Of course (Sheikh) Salman does not get on with Prince Ali, so he won't accept him but then it is for all the national associations to have a meeting and discuss it.

  3. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi:

    Like many other people, we also believe that Mullah Mansour is dead and that's why his deputy ?Sheikh Haibatullah refused access to the ulema council to him.

  4. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    This is blatant foolishness and insanity. When he still could address the Bahraini people, Sheikh Isa Qassim... would advise against radical and armed actions, attacking Sheikh Isa Qassim means removing all obstacles blocking heroic Bahraini youths from attacking the regime.

  5. Isaac Herzog:

    I will be meeting the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, at the personal invitation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince, i wish him well and I am grateful for his courage and bold leadership, carving out a peace agreement with Israel and sending a message to the entire region that peace is the only alternative for the peoples of the region.

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  • noorul_s
    Al Sheikh is the banu tameem tribe which is family of prophet Ismail
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