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Bell is a surname common in English speaking countries with several word-origins.
In some cases, the surname is derived from the Middle English bell. This surname likely originated as an occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker; or else from a topographic name for someone who lived by an actual bell, or by a house sign or inn sign. In other cases, the surname Bell is derived from the mediaeval personal name Bel. The masculine form of this personal name is derived from the Old French beu, bel (“handsome”); the feminine form of the name represents a short form of Isobel. In some cases, the surname originates from a nickname, or descriptive name, derived from the Old French bel (“beautiful”, “fair”). In other cases, the surname Bell represents an English form of the Gaelic surname Mac Giolla Mhaoil (“son of the servant of the devotee”). The surname Bell is also sometimes an Americanized form of like-sounding Jewish surnames. In some cases, the surname is derived from a placenames in Norway (Bell) and Germany (Bell in Rhineland; and possibly Belle, in Westphalia). The surname Bell is also sometimes an Anglicized form of the German Böhl or Böll.
Early attested forms of the surname when of a patronymic origin include: Ailuuardus “filius Belli”, in 1086; Ricardus “filius Bell”, in 1279; and Osbertus “filius Belle”, in 1297. Early attested forms of the surname, when originating from an occupational name include: Seaman “Belle”, in 1181–1187; and Serlo “Belle”, in 1190.
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