Shaheen is the Arabic name for a female Peregrine Falcon and the name epitomises
powerful, silent, speed in flight. The Peregrine is capable of a sustained speed
in level flight of over 100 km/hour and has been recorded in a dive at well over
When I came to register the name on the UK Part 1 registry, “Shaheen” had already
been taken and was not available. Not wanting to settle for “Shaheen of East Sheen”
or similar ridiculous corruption, I adopted the Arabic definite article “Al”. “Al
Shaheen” effectively means “The Shaheen”.