Negi means "Royal" and "Perfect Rajputs". They principally belong to the royal family. It also refers to the title given to nobles by the kings. They live in the highlands of Kumaon, Garhwal]] and Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. "Negi" also refers to the title and a surname of Rajputs in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand and Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Similar to the title or the surname of "Chaudhary", "Thakur", "Rana" or "Singh", "Negi" was adopted or mostly given as an honor to the Kshatriya who migrated from their homelands of Rajasthan to hills of Uttarakhand in early 19th century. They still retain the name of their areas of origin: for instance, the 'Udaipur Patti' in Garhwal is a group of villages inhabited by people believed to have migrated from Udaipur in present-day Rajasthan , similarly " Ajmer Patti" for Ajmer, etc. They served as the Ruling Class in these areas and successfully fended off the attacks of the invading Britishers, until the invaders gave up. They eventually established various strongholds and palaces to house themselves and prevent future invasions.
The Negi clan has been an integral part of the nation's defence forces. A distinct regiment was created to enlist the people of the region, mostly consisting of the motivated youths from the hills, the Garhwal Rifles. Its headquarters is in Lansdowne, Uttarakhand which also serves as the basic and initial training grounds for the recruits.
Sects Under Negi Clan
- Chopdiya Negi
- Kendrawan Negi
- Nagarkoti Negi
- Lohvan Negi
- Paatli Negi
- Chaakar Negi
- Paithuni Negi
- Kothayya Negi
- Saund Negi
- Mohar Negi
- Gourai Negi
- Khatri Negi
- Padyar Negi
- Miyan Negi
- Sipahi Negi
- Moonda Negi
- Baglana Negi
- Zokto (zokta) Negi
- Pundir Negi
- kulra Negi
- motha Negi
- shriwal Negi
- Laat Subedar Balbhadra Singh Negi, 'Father' of Garhwal Rifles
- Darwan Singh Negi, Victoria Cross recipient
- Gabar Singh Negi, Victoria Cross recipient
- Mir Ranjan Negi, hockey player
- Narendra Singh Negi, folk singer
- Parimarjan Negi, Chess Grandmaster
- Shyam Saran Negi, First Voter of Independent India
- Pawan Negi, Indian Cricketer
- Uttaranchal: Historical and cultural perspectives, Uma Prasad Thapliyal.
- Encyclopedia of Indian surnames, Shibani Roy and S.H.M Rizvi
- Viyogi; Naval & M Anawar Ansari (1 January 2010). History Of The Later Harappans And Silpakara Movement (2 Vols.). Gyan Publishing House. pp. 419–. ISBN 978-81-7835-751-5.