Bell Family Crest / Bell Coat of Arms
Gaelic Spelling: Mac Giolla
Origin Displayed: Irish / English
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: Alexander Bell who settled in Virginia in 1654; George Bell settled in Virginia in 1638; James Bell settled in the Barbados in 1635; John Bell who settled in Virginia in 1638.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Motto Translated: I love fervently.
Suggested Readings for the name Bell
"Ancestral Lines and Descendants of Frances Emily (Botsfor, Morse and Jean) (Botsford) Bell" by Doreen Potter Hanna, "Backward Glimpse" by Iris Bell.
Some noteworthy people of the name Bell
Thom Bell (1941-) American record producer
Acton Bell (1820-1849) English poet and novelist
Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) English painter
Kool Bell (1950-) American funk musician
Cool James Papa Bell (1903-) American baseball player
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) Sc/Am inventor
Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868-1926) English archaeologist
Rex Bell actor
Robin Bell (1945-) Scottish poet
Teresa Z. Bell American rower
Alexander Melville Bell (1819-1905) Sc/Am teacher of elocution
Andrew Bell (1753-1832) British educationist
Charles Bell (1774-1842) Scottish anatomist and surgeon
Arthur Clive Howard Bell (1881-1964) English art and literary critic
George Joseph Bell (1770-1843) Scottish lawyer
George Kennedy Allen Bell (1885-1958) English prelate and ecumenist
Henry Bell (1767-1830) Scottish engineer
Isaac Lowthian Bell (1816-1904) English industrialist and metallurgist
John Bell (1691-1780) Scottish physician
John Bell (1797-1869) American statesman
John Bell (1811-1895) English sculptor
John Jay Bell (1871-1934) Scottish journalist an humorous writer
Lawrence Dale Bell (1895-1956) American aircraft designer
Patrick Bell (1799-1869) Scottish clergyman
Robert Bell (1800-1867) Irish journalist
Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) English painter
Thomas Bell (1792-1800) English naturalist