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