Within the last 100 years, the number of people named Singh in the UK has increased by more than 1,000 per cent. People named Singh were at a record high in 2009 with 95,203 of them living in Britain, and this number is still increasing.
It is no surprise then, that car registration plates featuring the word S1NGH, 51NGH and other variations are particularly sought after in the UK. In 2006, the number plate 51NGH sold for £201,000 at auction, and S1NGH sold for £86,000 back in 1998.
Apparently the S1NGH number plate number plate has never been registered to a vehicle, but is now worth in excess of £250,000! However there are many other variations available for a fraction of the price. Here are some examples (click on the images for more information):
Singh is a common title, middle name or surname meaning “Lion”, dating back over 2000 years old to ancient India. It was originally used by Rajput Hindus, and is also used by Sikhs, Dogras, Gurkhas, Gujjars, Jats, Marathas, Bhumihars, Yadavs and many other communities.
Sikhs, as a community, have adopted the name as a suffix to their own name so it often used as a surname by many of the Sikh faith. In Hindi and Punjabi the name is written and pronounced as Singh. In Gujarati is is written and pronunced as Sinh. Marathas use Sing.