Origin: Arabic بلال
The name is derived from the Arabic meaning, “moistening.”
It was borne by the first Muezzin (Caller to Prayer) and a disciple of the Prophet Mohammed. He was an Ethiopian slave who had been emancipated by Mohammed.
As of 2010, Bilal was the 37th most popular male name in Bosnia & Herzegovina. His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 90 (Catalonia, 2010)
- # 147 (France, 2009)
- # 217 (Netherlands, 2010)
The name is used throughout the Islamic world.
Another notable bearer was Bilal Xhaferri (1935–1986), an Albanian poet, novelist and political dissident against the Albanian communist regime.