Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
There are already 5,000 genealogy profiles with the Bell surname on Geni. Join now to find your relatives.

Bell Genealogy and Bell Family History Information

‹ Back to Surnames Index


view all 5,000


  • Abigail Bell (1738 - 1789)
  • Abigail Bell (1679 - 1727)
  • Addie C. Bell (1913 - 1997)
  • Agnes Gamble (1737 - 1787)
  • Agness Bell (1799 - 1880)
    Agnes Davidson spelling by Marian Bell Agnes Bell (Davidson) spelling by Kate (Bell) McAllan This marriage record below appears to be for a different Agnes Davidson, who lived somewhat later, and i...

About the Bell surname

The surname Bell may derive from the French bel, meaning fair , beautiful, or handsome. Since the derivation is descriptive, common ancestry cannot be assumed for all those bearing the surname. The name was sometimes taken from the sign of an inn or shop. The sign of a bell was frequently used - "John at the Bell" became "John Bell."

Origin: There is no particular country or province of origin, though the name was fairly prevalent in medieval Scotland, Ireland, and England.