The Bal surname, of differing origins, is common among several communities.
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).
Arabic and Turkish surname
An Arabic derived surname is also common in Afghanistan and Turkey.
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).
People with this surname include:
- Andriy Bal (Андрій Баль, born 1958), Ukrainian football player and coach
- Bhikari Bal (1929–2010), Indian singer
- Bülent Bal (born 1977), Turkish footballer
- Cees Bal (born 1951), Dutch road racing cyclist
- Duygu Bal (born 1987), Turkish volleyball player
- Hannie Bal (1921-2012), Dutch painter
- Harigopal Bal (died 1930), Bengali revolutionary
- Henri Bal (born 1958), Dutch computer scientist
- Huub Bals (1937-1988), Dutch film festival producer
- Jagmeet Bal (born 1972), Indian music video director
- Jeanne Bal (1928-1996), American actress
- Lokenath Bal (1908–1964), Indian independence activist
- Maria Bal (1879–1955) was a Polish baroness and painter's model
- Mieke Bal (born 1946), Dutch literary scientist and art historian
- Nanda Kishore Bal (1875–1928), Indian Oriya poet
- Nicolas Bal (born 1978), French Nordic combined skier
- Randall Bal (born 1980), American backstroke swimmer
- Rohit Bal (born 1961), Indian fashion designer
- Rupan Bal (born 1990), Canadian-Punjabi actor and comedian
- Sambit Bal, Indian journalist
- Sulayman Bal (died 1775), Malian warrior and Islamic scholar
- Vidya Bal (born 1938), Indian Marathi writer and editor
- Vincent Bal (nl) (born 1971), Belgian film director
- Willy Bal (fr) (born 1916), Belgian novelist