Pal clan

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Pal is a Gotra or clan of Jats found mainly in the state of Punjab in India.

Pal is a Bengali surname, believed to have originated from Sanskrit 'Pala' meaning protector or keeper, and mostly found among Bengali Kayasthas.[1] The Kayasthas evolved in Bengal as a caste from a category of officials or scribes, between the 5th/6th century AD and 11th/12th century AD, its component elements being putative Kshatriyas and, for the larger majority, Brahmins.[2]

'Pal' or its variant 'Paul' is also found among some Bengali middle castes like Teli, Kumhar and Sadgop.


  1. ^ Sharma, Tej Ram (1978). Personal and Geographical Names in the Gupta Empire. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company. p. 56. 
  2. ^ Andre Wink (1991). Al-Hind, the Making of the Indo-Islamic World, Volume 1. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 269. ISBN 978-90-04-09509-0. Retrieved 3 September 2011.