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Mahton Sikh Subcastes

People of Mahton caste now like to identify  themselves as Sikh Rajputs .  Many of their subcastes are  undoubtedly of Rajput origin but this caste was controversially downgraded by British officials in colonial era because not just their caste name but a  large number of their sub clan names are also  common with Mahtams, a low caste of scavangers, gypsies (or "Gadarias" and "Bahrupias")  and rope-makers (or "Rassiwats").  Barstow also comments on their possible  link with Labanas.
 
Mahtons of Eastern Punjab are purely a farming caste of fair  standing despite having a large overlap with low caste Mahtams of West Punjab. It could be that both Mahtons and Mahtams are of identical origin but the latter fell on harder times due to some reason and their social standing deteriorated further lower  than their bretheren of Eastern Punjab who managed to remain a landowning farming caste .  Mahton Sikhs attribute their caste name to the term  "Mahta" which roughly means "Chief",  and regard  that they originated  from  Jamwal Rajputs who settled in Doaba region of Punjab as farmers.
 
Mahton Sikh Surnames:
Ajuha or Ajnoha
Akon or Ikwan
Badhi
Bhadiar
Chandla
Chauhan
Dangi
Ding
Gadera
Gheda
Hans
Jaswal
Janjua
Jharial
Kachauri
Karaundh
Karnawal
Khore
Khuttan
Luni
Mahid
Manhas
Manj
Marhaj
Marhatta
Pajota
Phengi
Pok (Buk, Bok)
Punwar
Saroi
Sarwari
Sona
Sukral
Tayaich or Tiach
Thandal
Tuni
Tanwar
War
Wila Sara
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