just hit this site while browing,
I am from India, and my sirname is BAL!
I am from a state Maharashtra in India.
We do not have many Bal's over there...
u can call it even 'rare'!
And my surname was topic of laughter in my school days,
since in my mother-tounge ( which is Marathi )
"bal" means a baby :-)
Was just surprised to see so many people with my surname!