|Regions with significant populations|
|• India • Pakistan • Turkey|
• Islam 100% •
|Related ethnic groups|
People with the name are found in the states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in India, and the province of Punjab in Pakistan, and in the Persian influenced Turkey, where they adopted the soft t sound spelling of Nalbant. 
Originally in Indian and Pakistan they were Muslim Lohars who were found mainly in western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. The community claims to have been Mughal who took to the manufacturing of horseshoes, and as such separated from the parent community. There is no intermarriage between the two groups now. Other traditions point to the community being Muslim converts from the Lohar caste. At the time of partition of India, a majority of the Nalband migrated to Pakistan. There is only a rump community left in Haryana and Punjab. In Haryana, they are found throughout the state, and speak Haryanvi. While in Punjab, they are found mainly and around the town of Malerkotla, a with a small number found in Ropar District. They speak Punjabi, with some members of the community having some knowledge of Urdu.
In Uttar Pradesh, the community have two sub-divisions, the Pathan and Shaikh. Each of these two sub-divisions have their own origin myth. The community is concentrated in western Uttar Pradesh, in particular the Doab region. Unlike the Nalband of Punjab and Haryana, the majority of Uttar Pradesh Nalband have remained in the state.
The Nalband of Punjab and Haryana are divided into two major groups, the Deshwali and the Multani. The former are said to be natives of Punjab and Haryana, while latter were migrants from Multan in Pakistan. Both groups intermarry, and unlike other Haryana Muslims, they do not practice clan exogamy. In Punjab, the community practices village exogamy, and have been strongly influences by Sikhism, as they live in villages that tend to be dominated by the Sikh community.
The Nalband are a landless community, that has seen a decline in its traditional occupation. Most are employed as daily wage labourers. A small number of Nalband are petty businessmen. A small number of Punjab Nalband are now cultivators.
The Nalband of Uttar Pradesh intermarry with the Saifi community, with whom they share many cultural traits. They are Sunni Muslims, and speak Urdu as well as local dialects of Hindi, such as Khari boli. The community perceives itself to be of Shaikh status. It is said that some member of this community migrated further east and settled in champaran district of north bihar in early tweentieth century. They claim having their ancestry to the pathan section of Nalband and often use the title of khan.
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