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Dhaliwal (धालीवाल)[1] Dhariwal (धारीवाल) Dhalival (धालीवाल)[2] is a Clan in the Jats/Jat Sikh found in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Dhaliwal Jat Gotra is also found in Ahirs.[3]


The community got its name from the village named Dhaliwal. Most people from the village used to add Dhaliwal to the end of their names. Many relocated from Dhaliwal to various parts of the world and kept the Dhaliwal surname.


Dhaliwal Jats are descendants of a Bhatti prince and are descendent of Rawal Jaisal from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Although some sources suggest that they are from Dholpur. The name changed to Dhaliwal in Malwa and Dhariwal in Majha. Dhaliwal people settled in Jodhpur and Bangar of Rajasthan Ghaggar banks were inhabited by a slim section called Pachahda who were often clashing with Dandwalis and Gills and some times went ahead to disturb the Chahals of Khiala village. Once, the Pachahda attack got really intense and the Chahals went to their maternal grandfather Sidh Dhaliwal in Bangar. They came back with his hordes and met Pachahdas near Sardulgarh. The Pachahda chief Baba Dalla was slain in the ensuing battle. Baba Sidh’s army also suffered heavily and Pachahdas kept following his army. At last Baba Sidh was also slain near village Bhama. The remaining members of Sidh’s army founded Bhama Kalan, Bhama Khurad, Raman Nandi, Bajewala villages in Sardulgarh of Moga District and later Dhaula and Tapa. Then they founded Nihal Singh Wala, Dhaliwal Bet in Kapurthala and Dhariwal in Gurdaspur.

Dhaliwal community settled in the area of Jhunir for the first time either at the end of 11th century or beginning of 12th century. There are many Dhaliwal villages around Jhunir. Dandiwals fought against them and forced them to retract towards Kangar. Dhaliwals defeated Cheemas and captured Kangar. They built a fort at Kangar and moved toward Moga, Punjab. At Dina which is 2km north of Kangar was visted by the tenth guru gobind singh ji and was were the guruji wrote the famous zafarnama to the mughal emperor Aurengzeb.

Distribution in Punjab

Villages in Gurdaspur district

Dhaliwal named Village is in Batala tahsil in Gurdaspur district in Punjab.

Villages in Patiala district

The population of Dhaliwal in Patiala district is 54,000. It appears that this clan has settled in this area around 12th or 13th century A.D. from Jaisalmer (in the modern Indian state of Rajasthan) and claims Rajput origin [5]. Dhaliwals are mainly to be found in the sub-districts of Bhatinda and Bhikhi and their important septs are Mani, Rureka, Ramana, Udi, and Dina.[4]

Villages in Ludhiana district

Dhaliwal have a population 32,454 in Ludhiana district. This clan holds many villages around the towns of Pakhowal and Jagraon and claim their ancestor was a Rajput (son of king) from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan province to the south of modern Punjab.[5]

Dhaliwal is village in tahsil Samrala of district Ludhiana

Villages in Hoshiarpur district

Dhaliwal (धालीवाल) is village in tahsil and district Hoshiarpur

Villages in Jalandhar district

Villages in Kapurthala district

Villages in Amritsar district

Jhabal Kalan,

Villages in Sangrur district

Distribution in Haryana

Villages in Yamunanagar district

Chaurahi, Telipura,

Distribution in Pakistan

The Dhaliwal or Dhariwal are a major Jat clan in Mandi Bahauddin district. They are also found in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Lahore and Narowal. Prior to partition, a good many were also found in Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur and Amritsar.

Notable Persons

There are many well known people with this surname:

  • Dhanna Bhagat - Reformer
  • Baghel Singh Dhaliwal - Punjab Chief
  • Baba Siddh Bhoi - Dhaliwal Gotra बाबा सिद्ध भोई - धालीवाल गोत्री
  • Daljit Dhaliwal is a popular host of Talk show on BBC and started her career as a news reader.
  • Darshan Singh Dhaliwal owns more than 500 gas stations in many states in United States.
  • Herb Dhaliwal was the first Sikh-Canadian Member of the Canadian Parliament and the first Sikh-Canadian to become a federal minister in the Jean Chretien government in Canada.
  • Gagandeep Dhaliwal, founder G. D. Technologies Pvt Ltd.
  • Sukh Dhaliwal is a businessman and politician in British Columbia, Canada. He is the Liberal member of the Canadian Parliament for Newton — North Delta since the 2006 Canadian federal election.
  • Surjeet Singh Rakhra (Dhaliwal), M.L.A. from Patiala, India.


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