The name ‘Bell’ originates from England . It has been derived from the word belle bell, in various applications; probably a metonymic occupational name for a bellringer or bellfounder, or a habitation name for someone living ‘at a bell’ (as attested by 14th century forms such as ‘John atte Belle’). This indicates either residence by an actuall Bell (e.g. town’s bell in a belltower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign. However surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in English. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Bell’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Ralph le Bele’, from the Cambridgeshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘George Adam Bell’, who emigrated to America from Morpeth, Northumberland, England, i… Coat of arms: Sable, a fesse erminois, in chief an escallop between two bells, and in base …
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