Partly due to this, According to the Bosniak entry in the Oxford English Dictionary, the first preserved use of "Bosniak" in English was by British diplomat and historian Paul Rycaut in 1680 as Bosnack, cognate with post-classical Latin Bosniacus (1682 or earlier), French Bosniaque (1695 or earlier) or German Bosniak (1737 or earlier).
According to estimates commissioned in 2008 by the National Security Council of Turkey (Milli Güvenlik Kurulu) some 2,000,000 Turkish citizens are of Bosniak ancestry as mainly descended from Bosniak emigrants in the 19th and early 20th century.
A native minority of Bosniaks live in other countries in the Balkans; especially in the Sandžak region of Serbia and Montenegro (where Bosniaks form a regional majority), and in Croatia and Kosovo.
Over two million Bosniaks live in the Balkans, with an estimated additional million settled and living around the world.
Ethnic cleansing and genocide during the Bosnian War (1991–95) have had an effect on the territorial distribution of the population.
The first was Abraham of Judaism renown, then there was Jesus for Christianity and then came Mohammed.