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English Origins: The Bell surname arose independtly from several different sources. In some instances, it comes from the Old English word "belle" meaning "bell," and was most likely an occupational name for a bell ringer. It may have also been a name for someone who lived near a belll. bell is also known to have arisen from the English and Scots given name Bel, which derived from the Old French "beu" or "bel," meaning "handsome."
Spelling variations include: Bell, Belle and others.
First found in Dumfriesshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: George Bell, who came to Virginia in 1638; James Bell, who settled in the Barbados in 1635; John Bell who settled in Virginia in 1638; Alexander Bell who settled in Virginia in 1654.
(Above is a small excerpt from House of Names 1800 word history]
Coat of Arms: Blue shield with a gold stripe between three gold bells.
Crest: A Falcon.
Motto: Ardenter amo.
Motto Translated: I love fervently
Coat of Arms: Silver shield, a blue horizontal stripe with three gold buckles, two black boar's heads above and a red star below.
Crest: Description not available
The surname Bell was first used by the people of ancient French region of Gascogne. It was a name for a person distinguished by great physical beauty. Interestingly, the name bell was originally derived from the Old French words la belle, which means beautiful.
Spelling variations include: Lebel, LeBel, LaBelle, Belle, Bell, Labelle, Label, LaBell, LaBel, LeBelle, LeBaile, LaBaile, Lebaile and many more.
First found in Gascogne where they were anciently seated in the honour of the seigneurie of De Labels, a village in the Basses-Pyrénées in the arrondissement of de Mauléon.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Nicolas Lebel who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1657; Pierre Lebel arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1724; Guillaume LaBelle arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1671.
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person bearing this surname; a banner with surname; a helmet; and family
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