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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.