Gill (गिल) Gela (गेला) Gull (गुल) Ghilawa (घीलावा) is a Gotra or surname found in the Jat community mainly in Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in India and Pakistan. Dilip Singh Ahlawat has mentioned it as one of the ruling Jat clans in Central Asia. 
- 1 Origin
- 2 History
- 3 कैस्पियन सागर पर
- 4 Villages founded by Gill clan
- 5 Distribution in Punjab
- 5.1 Villages in Amritsar district
- 5.2 Villages in Bhatinda district
- 5.3 Villages in Tarn Taran district
- 5.4 Villages in Ludhiana district
- 5.5 Villages in Jalandhar district
- 5.6 Villages in Hoshiarpur district
- 5.7 Villages in Firozpur district
- 5.8 Villages in Gurdaspur district
- 5.9 Villages in Jalandhar district
- 5.10 Villages in Kapurthala district
- 5.11 Villages in Ludhiana district
- 5.12 Villages in Moga district
- 5.13 Villages in Sangrur district
- 6 Distribution in Uttar Pradesh
- 7 Distributions in Rajasthan
- 7.1 Locations in Jaipur city
- 7.2 Villages in Jaipur district
- 7.3 Village in Sikar district
- 7.4 Villages in Churu district
- 7.5 Villages in Jhunjhunu district
- 7.6 Villages in Nagaur district
- 7.7 Villages in Jhunjhunu district
- 7.8 Villages in Bharatpur district
- 7.9 Villages in Hanumangarh district
- 7.10 Villages in Alwar district
- 8 Distribution in Haryana
- 9 Distribution in Madhya Pradesh
- 10 Distribution in Jammu And kashmir
- 11 Distribution in Maharashtra
- 12 Distribution in Pakistan
- 13 Notable persons
- 14 Gallery of Gill people
- 15 References
- 16 Further reading
Ram Sarup Joon writes....According to the Puranas and Mahabharata, King Yayati chose his second son Puru as heir to the throne. This branch, therefore, continued to stay in the same area and ruled Hardwar, Hastinapur and Delhi. King Hasti made Hastinapur and Pandavas Indraprastha as their capital. Porus who fought Alexander belonged to this branch, Poruswal, Phalaswal,Mirhan, Mudgil, Gill and a number of other Jat gotras are of the Puru branch.
Ram Swarup Joon writes about Gill : In the Puru dynasty Medhavi was the grandson of king Hasti and his son was Mudgil according to Vishnu Puran, descendants of Kiryan, son of Medhavi became Brahmins and the descendants of Mudgil adopted both the Varna Kshatriya and Brahmin.
Upto the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (Punjab) Gilgit was the capital of Gills which was conquered by Ranjit Singh. According to the census of 1911 Gills number about 1976O. Out of the 10 misls of the Sikhs, Gill belonged to the Nishanawali Misl.
B S Dahiya writes: Gill/Gelani are the Aegli of Herodotus, Gelae of Strabo and others and Gili/Gille of modern Central Asia. Gelanis are mentioned in a passage of Ammianus Marcellinus. (XVII, 5, 1) J. Marquart tried to substitute Segestians in place of Gelan perhaps to prove that Sakasthan (Sacestene of the Greeks) was independent up to 350 A.D. In the heyday of th Gills in the Caspian sea was called the Sea of Gilan. The Gills do not add the suffix 'an' to their name. They are found in Punjab and Haryana.
Most of the Gills are settled in Malwa (Punjab) and Majha. They lived along the rivers Sutlej and Beas and further in the foothills up to Sialkot. They claim lineage from Raja Prithipal of Garh Mathila.
They came to Punjab from South via Rajasthan. Waryah King Vinepal 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. This dynasty was in power in Punjab till 1010 AD. Waryah was from the 26th generation of Vikrmaditya. Vineypal, Vijaypal, Satpal and Ganpal were from the lineage of Waryah.
Bhim Singh Dahiya traces Gills to the people of Greece. They are the Aegi of Herodotus, Gelae of Strabo and others and Gili/Gille of modern Central Asia. Gelanis are mentioned in a passage of Ammianus Marcellinus. J. Marquart tried to substitute Segestian in place of Gelan perhaps to prove that Sakasthan (Sacestene of the Greeks) was independent up to 350 AD. In the heyday of Gills, the Caspian sea was called the Sea of Gilani. He opines that people of this tribe came in the company of Alexander. Then settled in Kabul, Kandahar and Punjab. One of the sons of Hercules was named Gilla. It is also possible that ancestors of Gills came to Greece from Middle Asia and then to India.
Most of Gills converted to Sikhism during the period of Guru Hargobind. Gills also sided with 6th Guru in the battle of Mehraj. The descendants of Shergill, one of the eight sons of Gillpal, settled in Zira area.
In the beginning of the 12th century, the descendents of Jhalli son of Gillpal, made Payal their center and founded the village of Chemo Naame. Dhamot, Gouriwala, Gill, Sihora are old Gill villages. Gills and Dhaliwal are also settled in Jagdeo Kalan village in Majha.
Shahi are also from the Clan of Gills. Some of Gills had settled in Assam in 1505 during the times of Guru Nanak. Many gypsies in France are Gills (also a very common French name,probably derived from the name Jill)
H.A. Rose gives following details: Gil is one of the largest and most important of the Jat tribes. Its main settlements are in the Lahore and Ferozepur districts ; but it is found all along the Bias and Upper Sutlej, and under the hills as far west as Sialkot. Gil its ancestor, and the father of Sher Gil, was a Jat of Raghobansi descent who lived in the Ferozepur district,
[Page-300]: descendant of Pirthipal, Raja of Garh Mithila. The tribe rose to some importance under the Sikhs, and the history of its principal family is told at pages 352 ff of Griffin’s Panjab Chiefs.
Two pedigrees of Gil are given below. He had 12 sons who founded as many muhins : —
In Jind their Jathera is Surat Ram, whose shrine is at Bajewala in Patiala and offerings to which are taken by Mirasis. In Ferozepur the tribe is said to affect Sakhi Sarwar and its men prefer to be called Dipa, Sarupa, etc., instead of Dip Singh, Sarup Singh, and so on, with the title of ‘Mian’ prefixed. At weddings they dig earth from the pond of Sakhi Sarwar near their home. They eschew jhatka meat, but will eat it if halal, like Muhammadans. When some of the tribe took to eating the flesh of animals killed in the Sikh fashion by jhatka, one lost his eyes, another found himself in jail, and so on, so they reverted to their former practice.
Villages founded by Gill clan
- Gilgit gets name from Gill Jat clan.
- Gill ki Dhani (गिल की ढाणी) - village located in Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan.
Distribution in Punjab
Gills were numbered at 124172 in the 1881 Census. Population of Gill in Patiala district was 45,900. This clan is quite numerous in the sub-districts of Bhikhi and Rajpura and its sept "Jhala" holds 11 villages in the subdistrict called Sahibgarh. 
Villages in Amritsar district
Bhure Gill, Basarke Gillan, Bhaini Gillan, Gill Kamirpur, Kamirpur, Gillawati, Harar Mutsil, Baserke Gillan, Langarpur, Gilwali Sohian Kalan, Haditpur, Kad Gill, In Amritsar Gill population was 48,210.
Villages in Bhatinda district
Villages in Tarn Taran district
Villages in Ludhiana district
Gill Ludhiana : In Ludhiana Gill population was (28,101): It appears that this clan settled in the Ludhiana district about 350 years ago during the reign of Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor of India, and claims its ancestor was a king in the southern area of "Gharmela" . The "Gills" own about 50 villages mostly around the area of Jagraon. 
Villages in Jalandhar district
Villages in Hoshiarpur district
Villages in Firozpur district
Villages in Gurdaspur district
Villages in Jalandhar district
Villages in Kapurthala district
Villages in Ludhiana district
Villages in Moga district
Villages in Sangrur district
Distribution in Uttar Pradesh
Villages in Saharanpur district
Villages in Meerut district
Villages in Jyotibaphule Nagar district
Villages in Ghaziabad District
Villages in Shambal District
Villages in Bareilly district
Villages in Pilibhit district
Villages in Rampur district
Distributions in Rajasthan
Locations in Jaipur city
Gandhi Nagar, Mansarowar Colony, Murlipura Scheme, Queens Road, Bajaj nagar, Vidyadhar nagar(vijay gill), Vaishali nagar, Viswakarma,
Villages in Jaipur district
Village in Sikar district
Villages in Churu district
Villages in Jhunjhunu district
Villages in Nagaur district
Villages in Jhunjhunu district
Villages in Bharatpur district
Villages in Hanumangarh district
Villages in Alwar district
Distribution in Haryana
Villages in Jind district
Villages in Hisar district
Villages in Bhiwani district
Villages in Fatehabad district
Villages in Rohtak district
Villages in Kaithal district
Villages in Karnal district
Distribution in Madhya Pradesh
Villages in Ratlam district
Villages in Ratlam district with population of Gill gotra are:
Villages in Ratlam district with population of Gila gotra are:
Villages in Dewas district
Villages in Sheopur district
Villages in Shivpuri district
Villages in Gwalior district
Distribution in Jammu And kashmir
Nandpur (नन्दपुर ),
Distribution in Maharashtra
Villages in Nasik district
Distribution in Pakistan
Gill is One of the larger Jat clans. Historically, the Gills were found as far west as Sargodha and far east as Patiala. Many also settled in the canal colonies of Faisalabad and Sahiwal. They remain the third largest Muslim Jat tribe, after the Sandhus and Sidhus.
According to 1911 census this was the principal Muslim Jat clan in districts with population:
- Sialkot District - Gill (3,468)
- Gujranwala District - Gill (2,635)
- Lahore District - Gill (2,381)
- Amritsar District - Gill (4,346)
- Gurdaspur District - Gill (1,198)
- Lyalpur District (Faisalabad District) - Gill (3,865)
- Jhang District - Gill (558)
- Multan District - Gill (503)
- Dassauda Singh was a Gill clan Jat who founded Nishanian Wali Misal in Punjab.
- Baba Kalunath - Gill Gotra बाबा कालूनाथ - गिल गोत्री
- (i) इस वंश में सरदार देशासिंह जैसे वीर, सर सुन्दरसिंह मजीठिया जैसे कुशल राजनीतिज्ञ, सरदार दयालसिंह जैसे दानी, सरदार कृपालसिंह जैसे उद्योगपति हो चुके हैं।
- सिद्ध सूरतराम - गिल गोत्री
- Narayan Singh Gill (सरदार नारायणसिंह), from Ikran (इकरन), Bharatpur was a Police officer and Social worker in Rajasthan. 
- Swami Gopal Singh (श्री स्वामी गोपालसिंह जी) (Gill), from Keekri Ferozpur in Punjab was a social worker. He spread and popularized the Indian system of exercise in educational Institutes. 
- Sukhbir Singh Gill - Hockey player
- Shish Ram Gill - Vir-Chakra
- Shivnath Singh Gill - Ex. MP
- Ram Dev Singh Gill - Amar Shaheed
- O P Gill - V.C., Maharana pratap Agriculture University, Udaipur Rajasthan .
- Madan Singh Gill - Ex Jilla Pramukh Jhunjhunu.
- Mohinder Singh Gill:Arjun Award - 1970, Athletics
- M S Gill - IAS, Ex Chief Election Commissioner, Present Minister Govt of India
- Major Inderjit Singh Gill: Padma Bhushan - 1972 , Maharashtra, Civil Service. 
- Surrindar Singh Gill: Padma Bhushan - 1985 , Punjab, Civil Service. 
- Kanwar Pal Singh Gill: Padma Shri - 1989, Chandigarh, Civil Service 
- Dr. Khem Singh Gill: Padma Bhushan - 1992 , Delhi, Science & Social Service. 
- Nidhi Gill - Actress
- Mahi Gill - Actress
- Ranna Gill - Fashion designer
- Champa Lal Geel (Gdr) - From ....?, Rajasthan, 2688719, The Grenadiers Regiment, Martyr Op Rakshak (J&K)
- Siddh Surat Ram (सिद्ध सूरतराम) - Gill Gotra
- Raminder Singh Gill - Ontario province, Canada.
- Kenny Jaskaran Singh Gill - IC 40380M Brigadier Kenny Jaskaran Singh Gill Brigade Of The Guards/Headquarters 13th Sector Rashtriya Rifles Army. Awarded with Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) on 26 January 2012.
- Amar Singh of Mansurwal, Gill - Jat, From Firozpur district was in the List of Punjab Chiefs.
Gallery of Gill people
- History of the Jatt Clans - H.S Duleh (Translation from original Punjabi work "Jattan da Itihas" by Gurjant Singh)
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