Compound titles Rana Sahib, Rana Bahadur, and Maharana.
Royal title in India
The title "Rana" was earned through valiance, but very occasionally it was transferred from generation to generation. Rana Pratap Singh is probably the most famous person to have ever had the title. As ruler of Mewar, he fought numerous wars against the Mughals.
The Kshatriya Marathas of Konkan use the title "Rane", which is a synonym in Marathi for the North Indian title of Rana. The Rane rulers of Sattari, Goa fought a long lasting war against the Portuguese in the 19th century for Goa's freedom.
In the former princely states of Bangalore, Ali Rajpur, Bashahr, Baghal, Baghat and Keonthal, the rulers changed their titles from Rana to Raja. The style of the Rana of Porbandar was upgraded in 1918 to Maharana Sahib. There was only one incumbent before accession to of the state to the Republic of India.
Princely states that continued to use the title Rana for their rulers included Bhajji, Darkoti, Jobat, Jubbal, Khaneti, Kumharsain, Kuthar, Mangal, Kangra, Sakti, Wao[disambiguation needed] and Dhami (a tributary state of Bilaspur). (Please add/delete).
Rana dynasty of Nepal
The Rana dynasty ruled the Kingdom of Nepal from 1846 until 1953, reducing the Shah monarch to a figurehead and making Prime Minister and other government positions hereditary. It is descended from one Bal Narsingh Kunwar (Ranaji) of Kaski, who moved to Gorkha in the early 18th century and entered the service of Raja Nara Bhupal Shah around 1740. Originally, the Rana dynasty originated from the Royal family of Udaipur in India, also known as Mewar.
Jang Bahadur was the first ruler from this dynasty. His original family name was Rana but in Nepal people mistook his Rajput title of Kunwar for his family name, Kunwar is a title denoting royal lineage used by Rajput princes in northern India. Rana rulers were titled "Shri Teen" and "Maharaja", whereas Shah kings were "Shri Panch" and "Maharajdiraj". Both the Rana dynasty and Shah dynasty are Suryavanshi, Rajpoot in the Hindu tradition, in contrast with the native Himalayan culture which is largely Buddhist and Bön.
The Rana dynasty developed into a powerful family clan and are still very influential in the country today. The family formed a close alliance with the Shah dynasty via marriage and business alliances. The surname Rana/Ranawat is also used by the rajputs of sisodiya warrior race who have originated from their ancestor Maharana Pratap Singh
Rana kings in Indian History and today
- Maharana Pratap was a ruler of Mewar known as Lion King of India.
- Rana Kumbha, ruler at Chittor in 15th century.
- Rana Udai Singh II (Founder of Udaipur)
- Rana Hamir-Ruler of Mewar, Saviour of Gehlot Sisodia clan.
- Rana Sanga-Ruler of mewar and regarded as greatest warrior of India
- Dalip Singh Rana (The Great Khali)
- Rana Rahul Singh Pundir- Software engg. from Saharanpur.
Rana Rulars of Nepal
- Maharaja Jang Bahadur Rana
- Maharaja Renaudip Singh Rana
- Maharaja Bir Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
- Maharaja Deva Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
- Maharaja Mohan Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
- Maharaja Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Sisodia Rajput Dynasty at Udaipur
|Name||Reign Began C.E.||Reign Ended C.E.|
|1||Maharana Udai Singh II||1568||1572|
|2||Maharana Pratap Singh I||1572||1597|
|3||Maharana Amar Singh I||1597||1620|
|4||Maharana Karan Singh II||1620||1628|
|5||Maharana Jagat Singh I||1628||1652|
|6||Maharana Raj Singh I||1652||1680|
|7||Maharana Jai Singh||1680||1698|
|8||Maharana Amar Singh II||1698||1710|
|9||Maharana Sangram Singh II||1710||1734|
|10||Maharana Jagat Singh II||1734||1751|
|11||Maharana Pratap Singh II||1751||1754|
|12||Maharana Raj Singh II||1754||1761|
|13||Maharana Ari Singh II||1761||1773|
|14||Maharana Hamir Singh II||1773||1778|
|15||Maharana Bhim Singh||1778||1828|
|16||Maharana Jawan Singh||1828||1838|
|17||Maharana Sardar Singh||1838||1842|
|18||Maharana Swarup Singh||1842||1861|
|19||Maharana Shambhu Singh||1861||1874|
|20||Maharana Sajjan Singh||1874||1884|
|21||Maharana Fateh Singh||1884||1930|
|22||Maharana Bhupal Singh||1930||1956|
|23||Maharana Bhagwat Singh - "Last ruler of Mewar (Udaipur)"||1956||1984|
Maharana Bhagwat Singh passed away on 2 November 1984. He has 2 son's elder Mahendra singh and younger Arvind singh, before his death he made a trust name Maharana Mewar Foundation and younger son Arvind singh look after the trust and lives in city palace Udaipur.
Ranas in Pakistan
Ranas that settled in Pakistan are Rajput converts who practice Islam and traced back to ancient Rajput heritage and ancestry. Most Rajputs who use Rana Title in Pakistan are those Migrated from India in 1947 Partition and are mostly Bhatti, Chauhan, Ghorewaha, Naru and Manj Rajputs.
- General Raheel Sharif Rana, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan.
- Major Shabbir Sharif Rana shaheed Pakistan's Highest Military Award, Nishan e Haider Holder
- Rana Phool Muhammad Khan - MPA from Bhai Pheru 1971,1977,1985,1990 (Ex. Provincial Minister Punjab)
- Kaleem Saadat Rana - former Chief of Air Staff (Pakistan)
- Azmat Rana - Pakistani cricket player
- Shafqat Rana - former Pakistani cricketer
- Moammar Rana - Pakistani film actor
- Shakoor Rana - Pakistani cricket player
- Rana Omer Hussain - Scottish cricket player
- Rana Majid Haq - Scottish cricket player
- Rana Naved-ul-Hasan- Pakistani cricket player
- Rana Tanveer Hussain- Former Minister of Defence Production
- Rana Mohammad Hanif Khan- Finance Minister of Pakistan
- Rana Muhammad Akram Khan - Chairman Executive Punjab Bar Council.
- Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan - Deputy Speaker, Punjab Assembly.
- Rana Sanaullah Khan - Law Minister Punjab.
- Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan - Speaker Punjab (Pakistan) Assembly
- Rana Nazeer Ahmed Khan - Federal minister (1990–93) (97-99) (2002–2004)
- Rana Zulfikar Ali - MBA Finance, Hafizabad Punjab
- Rana Ali Rath -Rising Star Of Pakistan
- Rana Zeshan Haider -Taunsa Sharif
- Rana Tofiq ur Rehman Babar (Multan)