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