When James Stanley Bell was born on 12 March 1887, in Garrigill, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom, his father, Julian Spencer Bell, was 28 and his mother, Sarah Annie Millican, was 26. He married Lilly Bramwell on 22 March 1913, in Garrigill, Cumberland, England. He lived in Alston, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom in 1891. He died in December 1950, in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 63.
English (northern) and Scottish (Lowlands): from the Middle English personal name Bell. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isabel .
English (northern) and Scottish (Lowlands): from Middle English belle ‘bell’ (Old English belle), in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).
English: from Middle English bel ‘fair, fine, good’ (Old French bel ‘beautiful, fair’). See also Beal 1.