Bal Family History
Bal Name Meaning
Indian (Punjab): Sikh name based on the name of a Jat tribe from Sanskrit bala ‘strength’. Turkish: ornamental name nickname or metonymic occupational name from bal ‘honey’. Polish: from Bal a short form of the personal name Baltazar . This surname is also found among Rusyns (Lemkos). French and Dutch: from a short form of a personal name of ancient Germanic origin based on the element bal presumably meaning ‘torment spitefulness’ (see Ballard and Ballon ) or bald ‘bold’ (see Baldwin ). Dutch: perhaps also from bal ‘ball’ a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a ball or a metonymic occupational name denoting a manufacturer of balls (compare the surname Balmakers). Sorbian: from a short form of the personal name Bałcar (see Baltazar ) or Baltyn (see Valentine ). It is found mainly in the Germanized form Bahl .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press