Major Muslim Jat clans

Below are brief descriptions of the main Muslim Jat clans in the Punjab. I would also ask the reader to look at my posts Population of Muslim Jat clans of British Punjab according to the 1891 Census of India, Population of Muslim Jat Clans of British Punjab According to the 1911 Census of India and Population of Muslim Jat Clans of British Punjab According to the 1901 Census of India which gives the total population of the Muslim clans. According to 1901 Census, the ten largest tribes were the Wariach (58,936), Cheema (39,358), Bajwa (27,609), Chadhar (27,422), Sandhu (25,786),Tarar (25,606), Gill (19,894), Virk (19,703), Ghumman (16,893), Hanjra (15,892) and Bains (14,398). While according to the 1911 Census of Punjab, the ten largest were Wariach (66,392), Gondal (62,320), Cheema (37,076), Bhatti (35,289), Khokhar (33,032), Sandhu (32,632), Kharral (24,702), Bajwa (23,501), Gill (22,861) and Tarar (22,351). The appearence of the Gondals, who were all recorded as Rajput in 1901 shows the flexibilty of identity that existed between Muslim Jats and Rajputs. However, although boundaries were flexible, most of the larger Muslim clans such as the Wariach, Cheema, Sandhu, Gill and Bajwa have always registered themselves as Jats.

Groups of Muslim Jats in the Punjab

The Jats formed the largest single community among the Muslims of Punjab. In 1901 for example, they numbered 1,962,252 out of a total population of 12,183,345. Colonial Punjab covered a very large area, and readers are asked to look at my post on the Population of Muslim Jat Clans of British Punjab According to the 1901 Census of India, which gives a description of the size of the area. The huge area that extended just east of Peshawar, and west of Delhi included a huge culture diversity. The Jat’s that have inhabited this region exhibit similar diversity. Near Delhi, and what is now eastern Haryana, we had communities of Muley Jats, who spoke dialects of Haryanwi, and traditionally practiced clan exogamy. The large central region, stretching from Ghaghar river in the east to the Jhelum in the west was home to the Punjabi Jats. This region is also home to the Sikh Jats, with which the Muslim Punjabi Jats shared culture and traditions. Larger clans such as the Sandhu, Sidhu, Dhillon and Gill were also common among the Muslim Jats. Beyond the Jhelum were the Jats of the Potohar plateau. These Jat were concentrated in the Gujar Khan and Jhelum regions, and belonged to a number of small clans, the largest being the Gondal, Dhamial and Kalyal.

Glossary of Clans

A

Tribe Origin Myth / Tradition Distribution
Aheer The Aheer have two theories of their origin. Some claim descent from Qutub Shah, who is also the ancestor of the Awan tribe, while other connect themselves with the Yaduvanshi Ahirs tribe of North India Khushab, Chiniot, Sargodha, Mianwali, Jhang, Bhakkar and Faisalabad districts. Largely a tribe of the Thal Desert
Arnyal, sometimes pronounced Ranyal Some traditions of Janjua Rajput origin Rawalpindi and Jhelum Districts. Also in Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir
Assoun Claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry Mainly in Gujranwala District
Athru Some traditions of Awan ancestry Jhelum District
Atwal Number of origin myths. Muslim Atwal were found mainly in eastern Punjab regions such as Jalandhar and Ludhiana. Found mainly in Faisalabad, Khanewal, Toba Tek Singh, all refugees from East Punjab
Aulakh One of the largest Jat clans found in the Punjab. Muslim Aulakh were found mainly in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana district. The Aulakh also are an important Saraiki-speaking Jat clan in Layyah District. like other Muslim Jats of East Punjab, they moved to Pakistan after partition in 1947. Mainly in Faisalabad division. Also in Layyah District

B

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Bachhal

 

The Bacchal claim descent from Taoni Rajputs. There are Bacchal Rajouts in Uttar Pradesh, who may be the same clan as the Bacchal Jats. Although found in Ambala, the Bacchal are Punjabi speaking, so distinct from other Jat clans who speak Haryanwi, and are known as Mulley. They are now found mainly in Gujranwala and Sargodha diastricts.

 

Badhan

 

The Badhan of Poonch are a Dogra clan. According to their tradition, they are a branch of the Saroa Rajputs descended from  an individual named Kala, a resident of Jammu. In Sialkot and Gujrat, the Badhan are Jat. Prior to partition, Badhan both Muslim and Sikh were found in Gurdaspur. Mainly in Gujrat, Sialkot and Narowal districts. A few are also found in Poonch and Mirpur in Azad Kashmir
Baghar or Baghoor

 

A small Jat clan, possibly of Khokhar extraction, found in the Thal Desert region In Kushab District, in villages near Rangpur Baghoor. A few also found in Shahpur Tehsil of Sargodha District
Baidwan

 

H.A. Rose writes about its etymology that fancifully it is derived from baid, a physician — who rescued a bride of the clan from robbers and was rewarded by their adopting his name. They are a Mulley Jat clan, who were found mainly in Ambala and Karnal. Like other Mulleys, they immigrated to Pakistan at partition They are now found scattered in Okara, , Sahiwal, Vehari and Multan district.

 

Bains The Bains claim descent from the Janjua Rajputs, and are one of the larger Jat clans. Prior to partition, the Muslim branch of this clan extended from Rawalpindi in the west to Hoshiarpur in the east. Many Bains Jat are also settled in the canal colony districts of Faisalabad and Sahiwal. In Multan, a the Bains are known as Waince. After partition, Muslim members of this tribe founf in East Punjab moved to Pakistan. In Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Gujrat and Sialkot. The Waince are found in Multan, Muzaffargarh, Mianwali and Khushab. The Bains of Mirpur District prefer to designate themselves as Rajputs
Bajwa According to tribal traditions, they are Suryavanshi Rajputs and that their ancestor Raja Shalip was driven out of Multan in the time of Sikandar Lodi. His two sons Kals and Lis escaped in the disguise of falconers. Lis went to Jammu and there married a Katil Rajput bride, while Kals married a Jat girl in Pasrur. Falconers are known as bazwala, and the tribe gets its name from its occupation Bajwas are found in all tehsils of Sialkot except Daska. In the Sialkot tehsil they inhabit the Bhagowal zail only. In the Zafarwal tehsil they are grouped around Chawinda, in the Raya tehsil around Narowal, while in Pasrur they are found mainly in the northwest with headquarters at Kalaswala. Outside Sialkot, they are found in Gujranwala and Faisalabad Divisions One of the five largest Jat tribe in Punjab

 

Bal

 

Various traditions as to their origin. One makes a branch of the Sekhu tribe. Their ancestor is also said to have been named Baya Bal, a Rajput who came from Malwa. The name Bal, which means ” strength,” given to the tribe on account on the strenght shown by Baya. One of the largest Jat tribe, found throughout the central districts of Lahore, Kasur, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala and Okara. Prior to partition, Muslim Bal were also found in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Ludhiana. Many have also settled in the canal colony districts of Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Sargodha.

 

Bandechha

 

The Bandechha or Badecha claim Suryavanshi ancestry. The tribe is descended from a Kura Pal whose sons settled in Sialkot under Shah Jahan : also found in Amritsar. They were found in Sialkot, and historically in Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar district. They are now found mainly in Faisalabad and Sahiwal.

 

Bangial

 

Claim descent from Bangash Khan, a Panwar (Parmar) Rajput They are found mainly in Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Gujrat and Gujranwala district. Many Rawalpindi Bangial claim to be Rajputs.

 

Baryar

 

Little is known about this tribe Found mainly in Mandi Bahauddin and Sargodha districts
Basra

 

The Basra claim to be of Saroya Rajput ancestry. Found mainly in villages around Pasrur in Sialkot District, and in neighbouring Gujranwala District. Some also settled in the canal colony districts of Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Sargodha in the 19th century.

 

Batth

 

According to traditions, they are descended from a Sanpal or Sainpal, who came from the Malwa 800 years ago. They first settled at Odhyara in Lahore. The Batth are found in villages of the Kasur and Okara districts.

 

Bhachar

 

They are a Khokhar clan. The Bhachar are found mainly in Wan Bhachran in Mianwali District
Bhadiar

 

The Bhadiar claim SuryavanshiRajput ancestry.

Found mainly in Sialkot and Gujrat districts.

 

Bhagwal

 

The Bhagwal claim Mughal ancestry Found mainly in Gujrat and Jhelum districts.
Bhalli

 

  Found mainly in Sialkot District.
Bhidwal Bhidwal are descended from Bhadwal Rajputs of Jammu The Bhidwal are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan found in Bhakkar District.
Bhangu

 

The Bhangu or Bhangoo or Bhango are prominent Jat clan and original inhabitants of the Punjab. The Jhang Bhangu were pastoralist, while those of central Punjab were farmers. Muslim Bhangu are found districts of Lahore, Sheikhupura, Jhang, Kasur, and Sahiwal
Bhinder

 

Claim to be Chandravanshi Rajputs, through its ancestor Bhinder, who settled in the Punjab under Rai Tanar. The Bhinder are found mainly in Gujranwala and Sialkot districts. Bhinders from Ludhiana and Jalandhar are settled in Faisalabad.

 

Bhukar

 

Possibly of Bhatti origin A Jat clan found in Jhelum and Multan districts. They are one of the major Jat clans of the Pothohar region.

 

Bhullar

 

The Bhullar, together with the Heer and Maan, are considered the orignal Jat clans. They were found as far east as Patiala, and far west as Sargodha. Muslim Bhullar are found mainly in Gujranwala and Faisalabad divisions
Bhutta

 

Various origin stories. Most likely to be Panwar Rajputs Multan and throughout South Punjab
Bohar They are Panwar Rajputs . They are the main Jat clan of the Cholistan desert, and are found in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan districts.

 

Boparai

 

Claim descent from Raja Jagdeo, the Parmar Rajput who came to Punjab from Malwa in central India. Raja Jagdeo had a  son named ‘Bopa Rai’, from whom the tribe claims descent. The Muslim branch are located in Faisalabad district and Toba Tek Singh district. There are some Boparai Jatt families who have moved to Lahore in the last few years and in the Sheikhupura district.

 

Buttar Said to be descended from a Surajbansi Rajput who Came from the Lakki jungle and settled first inGujranwala. Prior to partition, a good many were found in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. Now found in Faisalabad and Sahiwal divisions. Also found in Gujranwala

 

C

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Chadhar

 

The Chadhar claim descent from the Agnivanshi Rajputs, more specifically from the Tomar clan. found mainly in Jhang, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sahiwal, and Toba Tek Singh. A few Chadhar Jats were also found in Firuzpur district, who all moved to Pakistan in 1947.

 

Chahal, sometimes pronounced as Chahil

 

One of the largest Muslim Jat clans. They have a number of origin myths. According to one, there ancestor was Raja Agarsen Surajbansi, who had four sons,Chahil, Chhina, Chima, and Sahi, and that the four Jat tribes who bear these names are sprung from them. Their original home was Malwa, whence they migrated to the Punjab. According to another story their ancestor was a Tunwar Rajput called Raja Rikh, who came from the Deccan and settled at Kahlur. His son Birsi married a Jat woman, settled at Matti in the Malwa about the time of Akbar, and founded the tribe. found throughout central Punjab. The Chahal are also found in Jhelum and Gujrat Districts. A significant number of Chahal are refugees from East Punjab.
Chachar

 

Tribe claims descent from Chachar, a Mughal, who married a Jat, hence his descendents became Jat Found in Sindh and South Punjab, especially in Rahimyar Khan and Rajanpur
Chatha
 
Claim Chauhan decent, closely connected to the Cheema Jats. found in Sialkot, Gujranwala, and Sargodha district. Separate from these are the Chatha of Rawalpindi, who claim to be Rajput

 

Chauhan Most Muslim Chauhan consider themselves to be Rajput. However in central Punjab, in particular in what was the old Lahore Division (which included Amritsar and Gudaspur) Chauhans identified themselves as Jats, and intermarried with other tribes of Jat status. Mainly central Punjab. Historically in Amritsar. Now mainly in Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Chiniot and Sargodha. Also in Kasur and Lahore in villages near the Indian border
Cheema Like Chauhan Jats, the Cheema are also of Chauhan descent. The third largest Muslim Jat tribe after the Sandhu and Randhawa Found mainly in Gujranwala and Sialkot. In the old Gujranwala Bar, the Cheema were the single dominant tribe. Small groups of Muslim Cheema were also found in Jallandhar and Amritsar District. Now found in Faisalabad and Sahiwal. In Sargodha, there are several villages of East Punjab, Sialkot and Gujranwala Cheema, the first group came as refugees while others were settlers. Seperate from these Cheema are those of Gujar Khan in Rawalpindi, who consider themselves to be Rajputs. In numbers they are the third largest Muslim Jat tribe.

 

Chhajra
 
The Chhajra claim descent from the Bhatti Rajputs They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan, found mainly in Muzaffargah, Layyah, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur districts

 

Chhina

 

Not to be confused by the Cheema. The Chhina claim to be descended from Chhina, a brother of Joiya. Both these tribes claim descent from Krishna and the ancient Yadava dynasty The Chhina are found throughout Punjab. Historically, the Chhina were also found in Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Jalandhar districts of East Punjab. In west Punjab they were found in Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi and Mianwali. The Chhina are one of the larger tribes of the Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi. In Bhakkar, they occupy the northern third of the district. In Multan, they were one of the larger of the Saraiki-speaking tribes.

 

D

Tribe Origin Myth / Tradition Distribution
Dab Very little is known about the Dab. They are one of number of pastoral groups in the Shorkot area Shorkot Tehsil of Jhang District
Daha The tribe claims descent from Daha, who was said to be a Muslim holyman, who married the daughter of Parihar Rajput. They does claim kinship with the Bohar and Parhar Jats, who are also of Parihar Rajput ancestry.They are found mainly in Vehari, Khanewal,D G Khan,D I Khan,Faisalabad, Multan and Rajanpur districts. Multan, Khanewal and Muzaffargarh districts
Dahba The Dahba claim descent from the Janjua Rajputs. Gujrat District
Dahar or Dahiri The Daher claim Rajput ancestry. According to some traditions, they are descended from Rajah Dahir of Sindh. They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan Jhang, Chiniot, Sargodha, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur and Multan districts
 Dandiwal

 

 The Dandiwal are a clan that claims Chauhan Rajput ancestry. The Muslim branch was found in Hissar District, and they were one of the larger Mulla Jat clans  Now found mainly in Okara, Vehari and Sahiwal districts
Dawana

 

 Claim a Sial Rajput origin  In Multan District
 Deo or Dev The Deo claim Suryavanshi Rajput ancestry. They are found throughout central Punjab, and prior to partition, were also found in Amritsar and Jalandhar districts. They are closely connected to the Sohal and Deol clan.

 

 Mainly in Faisalabad
 Dhaliwal or Dhariwal  The Dhaliwal or Dhariwal are a major Jat clan in Mandi Bahauddin district  Through out Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad Divisions
 Dhamial  The Dhamial claim descent from the Janjua Rajputs  Jhelum District and the Gujar Khan Tehsil of Rawalpindi District
 Dhandla  The Dhandla claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry. They are a Seraiki speaking Jat tribe  Layyah, Muzaffargarh and Dera Ghazi Khan
 Dhandu   The Dhandu claim descent from the Panwar Rajputs. They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat tribe  Bahawalpur
 Dhillon  One of the largest Mus;im Jat tribe in Punjab  Found throughout Central Punjab
 Dhindsa   The Dhindsa claim descent from the Saroha Rajputs They are found mainly in Gujrat, Sialkot and Faisalabad districts. Prior to partition, they were also found mainly in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Patiala districts.

 

Dhudhi They are of Parmar Rajput origin. In Sahiwal and Okara, the Dhudhi are of Rajput status. But in Jhelum and Sargodha, they are Jat Jhelum and Sargodha
 Dosanjh  Muslim Dosanjh were found mainly in Kapurthala and Jalandhar  Now mainly in Faisalabad
Dudhra Little is known about their origin Found mainly in Gujrat and Sialkot
Duggal Their name is said to be a corruption of the word do gal, meaning two speeches, on account of their ancestry, which is of mixed Jat and Gujar. Sargodha and Mandi Bahaudin

G

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Ghallu A Saraiki-speaking Jat clan. They trace their descent from a Rajput prince, said to have come from Marwar. found mainly in Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Muzaffargarh districts.
 Ghuman  It claims descent from Malkir, second in descent from the Lunar Race, Raja Dalip of Delhi. Fifth in descent from him, Jodha had three sons, Harpal, Ranpal and Sanpal.  Throughout central Punjab, one of the larger Jat clans. Pre-partion, they extended to cover territory as far east as Kaithal in Haryana.

Gill
They claim tohave come to the Punjab from South via Rajasthan. They are descnded from Waryah Rajput chieftain Vinepal, who came to Rajasthan and built the fort of Bhatinda along the banks of Sutlej at Bathinda. Setting up his capital here, he captured the territories up to Peshawar.  Found throughout central Punjab. In numbers one of the largest clan in Punjab.
 Godara They are a Mulley Jat clan. Prior to partition found in Hissar, where it owns large areas in Sirsa and Fatehabad tahsils. They trace their descent from Nimbuji, who founded a village near Bikaner, and say that as they could not agree upon one of their own clan as chieftain they asked the Raja of Jodhpur to give them one of his younger sons as their ruler, so he gave them Bika in whose honour Bikaner was founded. Most Godara are Hindu  Found mainly in Okara, Kasur, Sahiwal and Shujabad
Gondal  Clan of Chauhan ancestry. Almost entirely Muslim  Gujrat, Jhelum, Sargodha, Jhang, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, and Hafizabad. Also settled in the Chenab colony. In size the second largest Muslim Jat clan in Punjab.
Goraya Said to be descended from the Sarolia family of Suryavanshi Rajputs, and to have come to Gujranwala as a nomad and pastoral tribe from Sirsa. Another story is that they are descended from a Sombansi Rajput called Guraya whose grandson Mal came from the Lakki thal some 15 generations ago.  Found mainly in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore and territories in Indian Punjab pre-partition. Also settled inthe Chenab Colony
Grewal
 
The Grewal Jat claim Chandel Rajput ancestry. Muslim branch of the Grewal were concentrated in Ludhiana District. They are now scattered in Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Sargodha districts.
Gujjral  Claim descent from a Bhatti Rajput, who acquired the name Gujral on account of him being fostered by a Gujjar family  In Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Gujrat and Mirpur. The Rawalpindi Gujjral consider themselves to be Jat.


H

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Hal Possible Awan ancestry found in Jhelum District.
Hamooka A Jat clan claiming Bhatti Rajput ancestry. They are found mainly in Sargodha, Khushab and Chakwal districts. A Shahpuri speaking Jat clan
Hanjra Possible Saroya ancestry Found among the Pachada of Hissar / Fatehabad. Also in the Maanjha and Doaba. Most Muslim Hanjra are now in Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Sargodha. Gujranwala is home to an established Hanjra population. One of the larger Jat clans of the Punjab
 Hans .The Hans clan claims descent from a Qureshi Arab who settled in Pakka Sidhar in Sahiwal District. His descendants intermarried with the Jat tribes of the neighbourhood, and as such became Jat  One of the tribes of the Neeli Bar. Historically Bar nomads. Found in Sahiwal, Khanewal, Layyah and Bhakkar districts.
 Heer  The Hayer generally pronounced as Heer (and spelled Hayre), are one of three original or Asl clans of the Jat, the other two being Bhullar and Maan. They are among the Punjabi-speaking Jat clans of central Punjab, and also among the Saraiki-speaking tribes.
 Hundal The Hundal claim descent from the Suryavanshi Rajputs.  They were found mainly in Amritsar and Gurdaspur districts. Hundal villages in Gurdaspur were in Shakargarh Tehsil, which is now in the Narowal District. The Amritsar Hundals are now founded mainly in Faisalabad District.

J

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Jai  Possibly of Bhatti ancestry  A Saraiki-speaking Jat clan, found mainly in Multan and Khanewal districts.
 Jajja  From Jajja, a Rajput nobleman There are twelve villages of the clan in Sialkot. Most of them are on the western side of Qila Suba Singh, now called Qila Kalarwala-Pasrur Road, and to the eastern side of BRB Canal. They are Jats.  Villages are Khan Jajja, Mohrikey Jajja, Ooncha Jajja, Ghanokey Jajja, Hussa Jajja, Lodhikey Jajja, Jeowali Jajja and some villages in Bahawalpur tehsil Yazman Chak 62DB, 68DB, 63DB, 89DB, etc.
 Jakhar  Some Jakhar claim descent from the Bhatti Rajputs, others from the Chauhan Rajputs.  They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan, found in Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Bhakkar, Multan and Khanewal districts. A second group of Jakhars are found among the Mulley Jats of Haryana
 Jandral The Jandral claim Rajput ancestry.  Found in Jhelum and Chakwal
 Jandran  Claim descent from a Mughal nobleman  The tribe is found mainly in Jhang, Khanewal, Vehari, Lahore, Lodhran and Faisalabad districts of Punjab. The main villages of the tribe are Jandran in Sargodha District, and Jandran Khurd and Jandran Kallan in Okara District.
 Jhammat The Jhammat claim descent from the Parmar Rajputs  They are found in Sargodha, Jhelum, Khushab, Bhakkar and Layyah districts.
 Jhawari  The Jhawari claim descent from the Khokhar Rajputs They are found in Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin and Khushab districts. Nomads of the Kirana Bar
 Jhujh The Jhujh claim descent from the Chauhan Rajputs.  hey are found in Mandi Bahauddin, Okara, Sahiwal and Sargodha districts. Mong (Mandi Bahaudin), Pipli Bakka Jhujh (Sargodha), Jhujh Khurd and Jhujh Kalan (Okara) are the main villages of this clan.  Also found in Montgomery (Sahiwal)and Shahpur districts. There they were Bar nomads
 Johal  Johal, one of the orignal Jatts of Punjab . found mainly in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. Some had also settled in Faisalabad in the 19th century. They are now found in Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Toba Tak Singh districts.
 Juta or Jootah  From Jotah, a Rajput chief  found mainly in Shorkot Tehsil, and neighbouring Toba Tek Singh District. Historicaly nomads of the Sandal Bar

 

 

K

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Kadher  Claim Rajput origin found mainly in District Mandi Bahauddin and in Nanakana Sahib. In Mandi Bahauddin there is a union council by the name of Kadher (UC:22 Kadhar). In district Nankana Sahib there is only one village where the Kadher live (Burj Bibi). The word Kadher is also sometimes written as Kadhar.
 Kahlon  They claim descent from Raja Vikramajit, a Suryavanshi Rajput, through Raja Jagdeo of Daranagar, concerning whom they tell the well-worn legend that in his generosity he promised his sister whatsoever she might ask. She claimed his head and he fulfilled his promise, but was miraculously restored to life. His descendant in the 4th generation Kahlwan gave his name to the tribe. found mainly in Sialkot, Gurdaspur and Amritsar Districts. They are now scattered throughout central Punjab.
 Kallu/ Kallah  A branch of Kahlon, similar ancestry  are found mainly in Sargodha and Khushab district. A few were also found in Amritsar and Jalandhar prior to partition.
 Kalhora or sometimes called Sarai Jat tribe, also known as Doddi Lati, which gave a dynasty to Sind and is still represented in Dera Ghazi Khan. Its ancestors were darweshes who followed the tenets of the Sayyid Muhammad, the Jaunpuri, a noted teacher, and one of them, Harmus, espoused a daughter of the Abra Jats of Sind, receiving a grant of land as her dower. A branch became rulers of Sindh  In Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahimyar Khan (the old Bahawalpur State). Seraiki speaking Jat clan
 Kalyal  Claim Chandravanshi Rajput descent. They are Chibhali Jats.  They are found mainly in Jhelum, Chakwal and Rawalpindi districts, and are the second largest Jat clan in the region, after the Gondal. Like other Jat clans of the Pothohar region, many claim to be Rajput.
Kalyar  Of Bhatti descent They are the principal tribe of the Kirana Bar. Found in Sargodha, Jhang, Multan, Muzaffargarh and Faisalabad districts.
 Kang The Kang are one of the larger Jat clans. They claim descent from Jogah, who was also an ancestor of the Sohal and Natt Jats.  They are found in Lahore, Shaikhupura, Sialkot, Gujrat, Sargodha, Narowal, Faisalabad and Sahiwal districts. Prior to partition, many Muslim Kang were also found in Amritsar, Firozpur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana districts.
 Kanyal  Claim Minhas Rajput ancestry  They are found mainly in Jhelum, Gujrat and Rawalpindi districts. A Jat tribe of the Pothohar and Chibhal.
 Khaira, sometimes written as Khera  The Khaira claim descent from the Suryavanshi Rajputs.  They are found throughout central Punjab, and prior to partition, were also found in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana districts. They are now found in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Khanewal, Lahore, Sialkot, Kasur and Gujranwala districts.
 Khar  Claim Kharal Rajput ancestry  They are found in Muzaffargarh, Layyah and Bhakkar districts.
Khatarmal Claim Gakhar ancestry They are found in Jhelum and Chakwal districts.
 Khatri  Claim the descent from king Kailash of Kashmir who is mentioned in Rajatrangini. After the fall of the Kashmir kingdom they came and settled down in Lahore,  then moved to Rohtak. No connection with the Khatri caste. They are a Mulley Jat clan  who were found in Sonepat and Rohtak. They are now found in Okara and Sahiwal districts.
 Khingar  Claim to be of Bhatti origin  They are found in Attock, Rawalpindi and Jhelum districts. Like other clans of the Pothohar region, they have a dual identity, some claiming to be Jat, and some to be Rajput.
 Khoti  Claim Awan origin  They are found in Jhelum and Chakwal districts.
 Kianth  The Kianth are a small Jat clan who claim Rajput ancestry from Rajasthan  They are found in Faisalabad District, and Rahim Yar Khan District
 Kohja  From Ali Mohammad, a Turk nobleman, nicknamed Kohja  They were found in Jalandhar District until partition. They are now found in Sahiwal, Faisalabad and Jhang District.
 Korotaneh  Of Bhatti descent  They are living in Sialkot district of Pakistan .

 

L

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Lak Of Parmar Rajput ancestry .  They are found in Sargodha, Khushab, Mandi Bahuaddin and Jhang districts.
 Lalli Claim descent from the Lohara Dynasty of Kashmir Found historically in East Punjab and Lahore. Most now found in the Colony areas of Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad
 Langrial The Langrial have a number of traditions. Some claim Rajput ancestry, others claim to be Qureshi Arabs They are one of the most widespread of the Jat clans, found in Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad, Vehari, Khanewal and Lodhran districts.

Lidhar or sometimes pronounced Ladhar
Claim to be original Jat They are found in Sialkot,Faisalabad and Narowal districts. Historically also in East Punjab
Lodhra Of Minhas descent They live in Lodhran District, Multan District, Gujranwala District and Bahawalpur District.
Lodike  The Lodike are a clan of the Kharal Rajputs They are found in Gujranwala District, where they occupy 82 villages.
 Lohanch Of Soomra descent The Lohanch are a small Jat clan, found only in Muzaffargarh District.
 Lurka  A tribe of Bar nomads  The Lurka are a small Jat clan found in the Sandal Bar region. They are now confined to Faisalabad District.

 

 

 

M

Maan

The Maan are one of the original Jat clans, together with the Bhullar and Heer/Hayer being known as the Asl or original Jats. They are found throughout central Punjab. Prior to partition, they were also found in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Firuzpur and Patiala districts. They are now found in Faisalabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Lahore, Kasur, Okara, Sahiwal and Sargodha districts. The Maan were also found among the Mulla Jat of Karnal District.

Mahil

The Mahil claim Chandravanshi Rajput ancestry. Muslim Mahil were found in Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Firuzpur, Hoshiarpur and Patiala. They are now found in Okara, Khanewal, Sahiwal and Faisalabad districts.

Mahra

The Mahra claim descent from a Mughal nobleman. They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan found mainly in Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh and Layyah districts.

Maitla

The Maitla claim Rajput ancestry. They are found in Jhang, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur, Muzafarghar, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Okara and Sahiwal districts.

Majoka
This clan is found at the banks of river Jehlum in the Sargodha District. The ancestry of Majoka clan is not fully clear yet. Majokas claim ancestry from Muslim invaders of India in the seventh century. However, other opinions include a Rajput or Chadhar descent.

Makwal

The Makwal claim Qureshi Arab ancestry. They are found mainly in Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh districts.

Mallana

The Mallana are a Jat tribe found throughout Punjab. They claim descent from a Mughal nobleman.

Malhi

The Malhi claim descent from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. They are found mainly in Sialkot District.

Malik

The Malik are a Mulla Jat clan, and are also known as the Ghatwala. They were found in Sonepat and Rohtak in Haryana. Now they are found mainly in Okara, Sahiwal and Vehari districts.

Mamyal

The Mamyal claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry. They are found only in Rawalpindi District, principally in the village of Mamyal in Kahuta Tehsil.

Manda

The Manda are found mainly in Sialkot District.

Mangat

The Mangat claim Rajput ancestry. They are found in Mandi Bahauddin and Gujrat districts. Muslim Mangat were also found in Ambala and Ludhiana districts. They too have settled in Mandi Bahauddin.

 

Marath

The Marath claim Rajput ancestry. They are found in Sargodha and Gujranwala districts.

Minhas

Minhas:– Mainly found in Middle/North Punjab.The Minhas claim descent from the Suryavanshi

Marhal

The Marhal are a Mulla Jat clan. They were found in Samana and Karnal in Haryana, and from this clan came the family of the Nawabs of Karnal. Many have now settled in Hyderabad in Sindh, while others are found in Multan.

Marral

The Marral claim Chauhan Rajput ancestry. They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan, and are found in Jhang, Bahawalpur, Multan and Sahiwal districts.

Marrar

Marrar is a Jatt tribe of Pakistan, India. According to the book Glossary of tribes Castes of Punjab and NW Province Marrars were Sombansi Rajputs. The Marrars in Gujrat say they came into the Punjab from Samana, India in the service of Moghul King Akbar who settled them in the Gujrat district of Punjab.

Mathyal

The Mathyal (sometimes pronounced Matial or Matyal) are Rajput ancestry. They are found mainly in Rawalpindi and Jhelum districts.

Mekan

The Mekan claim Parmar Rajput ancestry. They are found in Sargodha, Jhang, Jhelum and Chakwal districts.

N

Nanda

Nanda Jats are said to be of Georgian, Tatar, Kazakh and Chechen origin. They are mostly found in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Okara, Islamabad, etc.

Nagra
The Nagra are connected with the Cheema clan, and claim Chauhan Rajput ancestry. They are found in Lahore, Gujranwala and Sialkot districts.

Nagyal

The Nagyal claim Minhas Rajput ancestry. They are found in Jhelum, Chakwal, Gujrat and Rawalpindi districts.

Naich

The Naich claim Rajput ancestry. They found in Bahawalpur, Sadiqabad, Kabirwala, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Bhakkar and Khushab districts of Punjab. The Naich are a Saraiki-speaking Jat clan.

Nain

The Nain are a Mulla Jat clan. They were found in Patiala, Bhatinda and Hissar. Like other Mulla Jats, they moved to Pakistan after partition. They are now found mainly in Multan, Sahiwal and Okara districts.

 

Naswana or Nissowana

The Naswana (also pronounced Nissowana) claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry. They are found mainly in Chiniot, Jhang, Sargodha and Faisalabad districts.

Nathyal

Nathyals are descendents of Janjua Rajputs* (H.A. Rose 1919).

They are found in the potohar region of Pakistan in the districts of Jhelum, Chakwal, Rawalpindi and Gujrat. There are also found in the districts of Bhimber, Mirpur and Jammu.

Natt

The Natt claim Chandravanshi Rajputs ancestry. They are found in Gujranwala and Sialkot districts.

Naul

The Naul claim Rajput ancestry. They are found in Kasur, Sahiwal, Okara, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib and Jhang districts.

Nonari

The Nonari claim descent from the Meer/Barber Rajputs. They are found in Layyah, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, Multan, Sahiwal, Faisalabad and Rahim Yar Khan districts.

Noon

The Noon claim to be a clan of Bhatti Rajputs. Some consider themselves Jat, while others claim to be Rajput. The Noon of Bhakkar and Layyah generally claim to be Jat, while those of Sargodha and Multan claim to be Rajput.

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Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Padda Of Rajput ancestry They are found in Sialkot and Narowal districts. Prior to partition, also found in rest of Gurdaspur District
Pannun  claim Suryavanshi Rajput ancestry. They are found mainly in Lahore, Kasur, Gujranwala and Sialkot districts. Prior to partition, they were also found in Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Firozpur.
Panjootha
A tribe of Bar nomads. Found in Sargodha
Pansota They have settled in Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh districts. Most of them migrated from Indian District of Hoshiarpur.
Parhar Of Parihar Rajput descent Seraiki speaking. Jat clan, found throughout southern Punjab, with a few villages in Sargodha District.
Phogat A Muley Jat clan Muslim Phogat were found in Sonepat and Rohtak. They are now found mainly in Okara, Vehari and Kasur districts.
Punyal A Chibhali Jat clan found mainly in Dadayal area of Mirpur Azad Kashmir. They are also found in Gujar Khan area.

 

R

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Rahdari Claim Parmar Rajput origin A tribe of Bar nomads, found in Khushab
 Randhawa Claim Jadaun Rajput ancestry. One of the larger Punjabi Jatt tribes Found in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Lahore and Kasur districts. Prior to partition, Muslim Randhawa were also present in Amritsar, Firuzpur, Gurdaspur [{(Dharam Kot Randhawa)}], Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Patiala districts. There are several villages of Randhawa in Mirpurkhas, Badin, Nawab Shah and Sangarh districts in Sindh.
 Ranjha Some claim Qureshi descent, others Bhatti Found in Jhelum, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Sargodha and in the Chenab Colony areas such as Faisalabad
Ranyal
Of Janjua Rajput ancestry Predominantly found in the Jhelum region, extending north to Mirpur.
Rawn A Seraiki speaking tribe Found mainly in Multan

 

 

 

 

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Sagla

The Sagla claims Panwar Rajput ancestrry. They are found in Sahiwal District.

Sahi

In Pakistani Punjab the Sahi are mainly found in Sialkot district, especially in the Daska tehsil of Sialkot. Some of the Sahi Jatts are located in Lahore, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sahiwal and Jhelum.

Sahotra

The Sahotra are found both among the Punjabi-speaking Jats of central Punjab and the Saraiki-speaking clans. They are found in Faisalabad, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan districts.

Samore

The Samore claim Chandravanshi Rajput ancestry. The Muslim Samore were found in jhang, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar and Firozpur districts. They are now found in Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Multan,Jhang and Faisalabad districts.They are warrior men,They live in tribes,They are also known as Maher,They kept horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Sagra  
Sahotra
Samra or Samrai
Samtia  Claim Rajput ancestry  They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat tribe found in Bhakkar, Layyah and Muzaffargarh districts.
Sandhila Descended from Rai Sandhila, a Rajput of Delhi  They are a Saraiki-speaking Jat tribe found in Layyah, Bhakkar, Multan, Lodhran, Dera Ghazi Khan and Khanewal districts.
Sandhel  The Sandal are small Saraiki-speaking Jat clan in Mailsi in Vehari District. Also found along the Indus River from Mianwali to Rajanpur. Also a presence in neighbouring Dera Ismail Khan
Sandhu They are found throughout central Punjab in many villages. They have played a significant role in the social and political spectrum of Pakistan. Many renowned Sandhu families lives in Lahore District (also known as Majha). They also have a considerable presence in Sheikhupura District, Sialkot District, Gujranwala District, Gujrat District and Faisalabad District (although the Pakistani Sandhu Jatts are the descendants of Sandhus who migrated from Punjab and Haryana).
Sangha Possibly a branch of Jakhar Jats Most of the Sangha Jats live in and around  Sialkot, Muridke, Multan and Kharian.Pre-partition also in Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur
Sarai Claim Bhatti ancestry. Distinct from the Kalhora Sarai  They are found throughout central Punjab, mainly in Lahore, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sargodha, Shaikhupura and Faisalabad districts.
Saroya   Of Saroya Rajput ancestry  The Saroya are found in Gujranwala, Lahore and Faisalabad
Sial  Of Panwar Rajput ancestry Most Sial’s identify themselves as Rajputs. However Sial’s found in Jhelum, Gujrat and Sialkot consider themselves to be Jats
Sidhu  The Sidhu claim a common origin with the Bhatti Rajput.  The Sidhu are the largest Muslim Jat clan in the Punjab. According to the 1911 Census of India, one-third of the Sidhu were Muslim and rest were Sikh. They were found throughout central Punjab, stretching from Sargodha and Gujrat in the west to Karnal in the east. Lahore was and remains a stronghold of the tribe. In addition to Lahore, they are found in Kasur, Okara, Vehari, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Jhang, Sargodha, Gujrat, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin and Narowal district. They are also found in Sanghar District of Sindh
Sipra  The Sipra are a clan of Gill Jats. They are found in Jhang, Chiniot, Sargodha and Faisalabad districts.

 

Sohal The Sohal claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry  They were found in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Firuzpur and Jallandhar districts. Like other Muslim Jats from east Punjab, they migrated to Pakistan after partition. In addition to Gujranwala, Sialkot and Lahore, they are also found in Faisalabad and Sahiwal districts.
Soomra  are a large Jat tribe of possible Arab ancestry  They are found throughout southern Punjab, with concentrations in Layyah and Rajanpur district. They are sometimes confused with the Samra of central Punjab; the two are in fact entirely distinct tribes. In Sindh, the Soomra or Soomro are the largest Sindhi tribe, found throughout the province.

 

 

T

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Talokar/Thalokar Claim to be of Panwar ancestry who accepted Islam on the hand of Baba Farid Shukar Gunj, who came from India and first settled near Bhera, village known as Kalara and Kurrar Talokar. Later they came west and settled permanently on the east side of the Indus River, known as Bakharra (Kacha) and Ding/Khola (Thal), now in Mianwali.  Mainly in the Thal, in Khushab and Mianwali Districts
 Tatlah  Claim Hajua Rajput ancestry  Found mainly in Sialkot and Gujranwala. Pre-partion also in Gurdaspur
 Tatri  Claims Bhatti ancestry  They are found in Mandi Bahauddin and Sargodha districts.
 Thaheem  The Thaheem tribe is descended from an Arab tribe, the Banu Tameem. They migrated to present day Pakistan along with Muhammad Bin Qasim. A majority speak the Seraiki language.  Found mainly in South Punjab and Sindh. In Punjab, they s are found in Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Sargodha, Jhang, Muzaffargarh, (Baghi Wala) Kamalia.
 Thathaal  Thathal/Thothal is a Jatt/Rajput clan. The Thathals claim Suryavanshi Rajput ancestry from a Raja Karan. According to tradition they are descended from a Raja Karan, whose other son founded the Narwa/Narma tribe.  They are found in Jhelum, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Narowal, Azad Kashmir and Mirpur districts.
Tiwana The Tiwana tribe, like many in Punjab, have both Rajput and Jat identity. The Khushab branch of the Tiwana claim to be Parmar Rajputs. Prior to partition, there were a fair number of Muslim Tiwanas in Patiala District. Most of these Tiwanas claim to be Jat. The Patiala Tiwanas migrated to Pakistan after partition.  Most of these Tiwanas claim to be Jat. The Patiala Tiwanas migrated to Pakistan after partition. They are now found mainly in Sargodha district.
Toor  The Toor Jat claim Tomar Rajput ancestry. In fact, Toor is a shortened form of Tomar.  Most of the Toor Jats were found in Amritsar and Jalandhar. They are now found mainly in Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalbad.
 Tulla  A Gondal sub-clan  They are found in Gujrat, Jhelum and Mandi Bahauddin districts.

 

U

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Uppal May be related to the Khatri clan of Uppals Found in the Maanjha region, especially Gujranwala. Also in the Faisalabad in the Chenab colony region
Uttera Claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry They are found in Multan, Lodhran and Rahim Yar Khan districts. Mainly Seraiki and Shahpuri speaking
Uttra Claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry They are found in Mainwali, khanewal, Bahaker, Khushab, Lodhran,and D.G.khan districts. A tribe of the Thal desert

 

V

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
Ves Small tribe, some claim Turkish decent Entirely in Sargodha. Shahpuri speaking Jat clan
Virk .Claim Minhas Rajput ancestry.  In Punjab (Pakistan), a majority of Virks live in the Sheikhupura district and some are scattered in Sialkot District. There is a small village in Sialkot known as Virk, inhabited by Virk Jats. Virks still control the city of Sheikhupura (the ancient Virkgarh), both politically and economically. One of the larger Muslim Jat clan. In India, the Sikh Virks are mainly concentrated in the Karnal district of Haryana. Prominent Virk families are concentrated in villages around Tehsil Assandh, District Karnal, and a few are temporarily living in Patiala District.

 

 

W

Tribe Origin Myth/ Tradition Distribution
 Wagha Claim Panwar/ Parmar ancestry Mainly in Faisalabad / Okara and Sahiwal.Historically, a clan of nomads from the Sandal Bar
Wahiniwal  The Wahiniwal claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry. They are found in Sahiwal and Faisalabad districts. Historically, a clan of nomads from the Sandal Bar
Waiha The Waiha claim Bhatti Rajput ancestry. In Bahawalpur / Rahim Yar Khan. They are a Seraiki speaking clan
Wahla  The Wahla claim descent from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. Mainly in Sialkot and Narowal, the north Maanjha. Pre-partition also found in the rest of Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Jallandhar. Both Malwai and Doabi Jat tribe
Waraich / in some parts pronounced as Bahraich
 
The Waraich are said to be of Chauhan Rajput ancestry. In popultion numbers, the largest Jat tribe in Punjab. Except for Pothohar, the Wariach were found throughout Punjab starting with Gujrat/Shahpur up to to Karnal.
Waseer The Waseers claim descent from the Parmar Rajputs. They accepted Islam before Hazrat Deewan Shah Chaawali Mashaaikh. They are found mainly in Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Okara, Vehari, Ghotki (Sindh) and Toba Tek Singh districts. Historically, a clan of nomads from the Sandal Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Major Muslim Jat clans

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  2. Hello! Your knowledge of Pakistani tribes is phenomenal. I am half-Pakistani and do not know much about my heritage. I recently took a DNA test with Ancestry and found quite a few surprises. Please contact me as I would like to discuss some of this further with you to find out more about my family history.

    -Hena

  3. One of Jatt clans have not been mentioned in this article I.e. Dewal or Dayol
    I belong to that clan, though the population is not much but they are present in Pakistan in Faisalabad district and in India in Amritsar.
    Famous Indian Actor Sunny Dewal belong to it.
    Hope you can tell me more about it??

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