The tribe claims descent from a Rae Rajput who migrated from Delhi and settled in Sindh. He had three sons, but all his descendants are called Marrals.
The etymology of the name according to some traditions is that a certain Rae was told by his astrologers that a boy would be born in a Rae family who would destroy his kingdom, so he ordered that all the children born to Rae families should be killed, but Maral's mother concealed him in a drum, and so he was named Maral (from the Sindhi marhna to muffle).Marral family were also considered one of famous persons. In Shahjewana District Jhang, Marrals were the rulers before arrival of Pir Shahjewana. The Marral ara was demolished by Pir Shahjewana.Marral family also considered the one of the big landlord families.