Sawants are considered as Royal Knights of the Shilahara Dynasty who Ruled Konkan and were ruled by kings such as Khem Sawant and Fond Sawant. Sawant is the surname of a Maratha clan among the 96 royal clans of the Kshatriya Cast. Sawant possess commonly used Maratha honorific titles such as Sardar, Raje and Patil and they were active, having a historic presence in Maharashtra, Karnataka( predominantly in Karwar region ), Baroda, Nagpur, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Goa and other Maratha-dominated regions of India. Sawant (Savant) word is derived from samant (“feudatory”). However, Maratha Sawants are from different clans such as Chandravanshi Sawant (knights of Shilahar dynasty ), Sawant-Bhosale (Sisodiya descendant), Sawant – Salunkhe (Chalukya dynasty, settling the city of Ratnagiri), Sawant – Sardesai settled the city of Rajapur, Sawant-Patel (Parmar descendant). Sawant was also a high rank feudal title given to Salunkhe-Patankar clan by Bahamani sultans. The Sawant branches are related to the kings and sardars of the Maratha clans.
Sawant is the great maratha.
The Sawant clan enjoyed the numerous feudal titles like Patil, Deshmukh, Desai, Sardesai, Naik, Sarpatil, Sardar, Sarkar under different Administrative powers like the Shilahars, the Bahamanis, the Mughals, the Marathas and the Britishers etc.