Rachel Bell

3 December 1821–

The Life of Rachel

When Rachel Bell was born on 3 December 1821, her father, Peter Bell, was 22 and her mother, Margaret Kerver, was 24.

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Peter Bell
1799–1867
Margaret Kerver
1797–1890
Harriet Bell
1819–
Leah Bell
1832–
Margaret Bell
1835–
Rachel Bell
1821–
Edith Bell
1829–
Charles W. Bell
1836–
Calvin C. Bell
1842–1913

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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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