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For other uses, see Bal (disambiguation).

The Bal surname, of differing origins, is common among several communities.

Indian surname[edit]

Bals are descendents of Indo-Aryan tribes. According to the Mahabharata (Chapter -Adi Parva), they are the descendents of Bhagat Prahlada's grandson Raja Bali (Mahabali).[1][2]

Arabic and Turkish surname[edit]

An Arabic derived surname is also common in Afghanistan and Turkey.

Dutch surname[edit]

The Dutch surname Bal is thought to be most often of patronymic origin, where Bal(do) is an archaic short form of Baldewinus though it could be an indirect reference to a ball (bal in Dutch).[3]


People with this surname include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ H. A. Rose:Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North West Frontier Province Vol III, 1911.
  2. ^ Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudi, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Adhunik Jat Itihasa (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998
  3. ^