Lyallpur was developed as one of the first planned cities in British India by Lt. Governor James Lyall to be the headquarters of the Chenab Colony. In 1977, the Government of Pakistan changed the name to Faisalabad.
Sir James Broadwood Lyall GCIE KCSI (4 March 1838 – 4 December 1916) was a British administrator in the Imperial Civil Service who served as Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab between 1887 and 1892. From 1882 Lyall was instrumental in formulating what would become known as the Triple Project, a bold plan to transform 6,000,000 acres (2,400,000 ha) of desert into agricultural land through the development of canal colonies. As Lieutenant Governor he helped establish Lyallpur, one of the first planned cities in British India, as the headquarters of the Chenab Colony and which was named in his honour. Later a new district was created in the Colony, also named in his honour - Lyallpur district.