Gilberta Bell

22 October 1910–1 September 1993 (Age 82)
Gilbert, Story, Iowa, United States

The Life of Gilberta

When Gilberta Bell was born on 22 October 1910, in Gilbert, Story, Iowa, United States, her father, Herbert Roy Bell, was 32 and her mother, Grace Susan Morgan, was 24. She lived in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States in 1935 and Oakland Judicial Township, Alameda, California, United States in 1940. She died on 1 September 1993, in Eagle Grove, Wright, Iowa, United States, at the age of 82.

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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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  • Gilberta Bell in household of H K Bell, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Gilberta Bell, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Gilberta Bell in household of Herbert R Bell, "United States Census, 1920"

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