John Bell

12 September 1771–
Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland

The Life of John

John Bell was born on 12 September 1771, in Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland as the son of John Bell and Jean Murray.

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Family Time Line

John Bell
1745–
Jean Murray
William Bell
1765–
Thomas Bell
1768–1841
John Bell
1771–
Jean Bell
1774–
John Bell
1776–

Parents and Siblings

    Male1745–Male

    Jean Murray

    FemaleFemale

siblings

(5)

    William Bell

    Male1765–Male

    Male1768–1841Male

    Male1771–Male

    Female1774–Female

    John Bell

    Male1776–Male

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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  • John Bell, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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