Mary Bell

14 July 1817–
, Fairview, Guernsey, Ohio, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Bell was born on 14 July 1817, her father, Robert Bell, was 41 and her mother, Mrs. Mary Bell, was 41.

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Family Time Line

Robert Bell
1776–1855
Mrs. Mary Bell
1776–1838
Elizabeth Bell
1799–1833
John Bell
1801–
Sarah Bell
1802–
Zephaniah Bell
1803–1876
William Bell
1805–
Joseph A Bell
1807–
Robert Bell
1809–
James Bell
1811–1871
Margaret Bell
1813–
Jesse Henry Bell
1815–1897
Mary Bell
1817–
Peter Bell
1823–1899

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Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, 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).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. 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 Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Olitha Mills Hoyt
  • Lawrence Dennis Bonney
  • Ohio Genealogical Society

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