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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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