What does the name Bell mean?
The Bell surname has a number of origins, but is most popular in English-speaking countries. Bell is an old surname, found in records dating back to the 1100s, most commonly arriving through Middle English, used as an occupational name of someone who made or rang bells. Less often, the surname Bell arises from someone with the given name 'Bel', or was particularly beautiful (from the Old French 'beu' or 'bel').
The earliest occurrence of the Bell surname in our family history documents is from 1449, and we currently have 3,018,581 records where Bell appears.
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Typical jobs for Bells
Hard-working people, the Bells. 2703 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Bells lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Bell in Durham.
Bells’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Bells were angels, apparently. We found 2209 in criminal records.
Bells in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4380 Bells served in the First World War.