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Negi means "Royal" and "perfect Rajputs".They are from the royal family and negi also refers to the title given to nobles by the kings. they lives in the highlands of Garhwal and Kumaon 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.
- Darwan Singh Negi, V.C recipient
- Gabar Singh Negi, V.C recipient
- Narendra Singh Negi, Garhwali folk singer
- Mir Ranjan Negi, Hockey player
- Parimarjan Negi, Chess Grandmaster
- Parimarjan Negi, Indian Cricketer
- Balbhadra Singh Negi, Father of Garhwal Rifle
- Uttaranchal: Historical and cultural perspectives, Uma Prasad Thapliyal.
- Encyclopedia of Indian surnames, Shibani Roy and S.H.M Rizvi