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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name BAL

Origin

Bal : 1: Indian (Punjab): Sikh name based on the name of a Jat tribe from Sanskrit bala ‘strength’.2: Turkish: ornamental name nickname or metonymic occupational name from bal ‘honey’.3: Polish: from Bal a short form of the personal name Baltazar. This surname is also found among Rusyns (Lemkos).4: 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).5: Dutch: perhaps also from balball’ 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).6: 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.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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